Pre-operative care

Pre-operative care for Cats and Dogs


  • Please give your pet a meal of their usual food the evening before the procedure, make sure any uneaten food is removed by midnight but DO NOT remove your pets water
  • If your pet is under 16 weeks (4 months) old they are more prone to low blood glucose levels. Please give an early, small breakfast (7-7.30am or earlier) and tell the nurse or vet admitting your pet what time he/she had breakfast
  • Take your dog out for a walk for the chance to empty their bowel and bladder before admission.
  • Ensure cats are kept indoors the night before the procedure and have access to a litter tray, cats should also be kept indoors for the night following the procedure
  • If you would like your pet to have their own food on recovery please bring this in a sealed, labelled container or bag (we have plenty of bowls here)

Pre-operative care sheet for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs


  • Please bring in some of your pets own dried food and/or fresh food so that we can get them eating again soon after their procedure
  • Please let the vet or nurse know on admission if your pet is a bottle or bowl drinker, you may bring your pets own bottle with you.
  • If the weather is cold make sure that you prepare somewhere warm to keep your pet after the procedure (indoors if necessary). Make sure hutches are cleaned out ready for their return home to prevent contamination of the wound. This is especially important in warmer months to prevent flystrike.

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