Preparation of your dog prior to entering the vet clinic.



Your animal should not be fed any food the night before a surgery so that he has no food in his stomach on the day of surgery. This is important because animals that receive a general anaesthetic may vomit if they have a full stomach and this could lead to potentially fatal complications.
The animal should be fed a small meal the night before surgery (e.g. 6-8pm at night) and then not fed after this. Water should not be withheld – it is fine for your animal to drink water before admission to the vets.

Any food that the animal fails to consume by bedtime should be taken away to prevent it from snacking throughout the night.

If you want to bath your pet, do this before surgery because you will not be able to bath him for 2 weeks after the surgery. Your vet will also thank you for giving him a nice clean animal to operate on!

The animal is admitted into the veterinary clinic.

  • 1) You should arrive at the vet clinic with your fasted pet at a time given by your veterinary practice.
  • 2) The animal will be examined by a veterinarian to ensure that he is healthy for surgery.
  • 3) You will be given the option of having a pre-anaesthetic blood tests done.
  • 4) The dangers and risks of having a general anaesthetic procedure will be explained to you.
  • 5) You will be given a quote for the surgery. 
  • 6) You will be asked to sign an anaesthetic consent form.
  • 7) Make sure that you provide accurate contact details and leave your mobile phone on so that your vet can get in contact with you during the day!
  • 8) Your pet will be admitted into surgery and you will be given a time to return and pick it up.

Your pet will need to be kept in a warm, quiet place after surgery.  A light meal, eg chicken and rice should be offered during the evening.  Exercise on a lead until stitches are removed, or as indicated by your vet.

…  Anne