Booking Your Pet in For a Procedure Needing a General Anaesthetic


We understand that your pet needing a general anaesthetic can be a worrying timefor the family and there is a lot of information to take in.

We try to work with you and always do what is best for your pet. We admit our patients when we are ready for them on the day of their procedure, unless we feel it necessary to admit sooner. This means your pet can stay in the comfort of their home with you, rather than sit on a bed in a kennel with us. If you would rather we admit your pet around 9.00am due to work commitments we are happy to do so.

Before we admit your pet please let us know if there has been any change in your pets condition or if you feel your pet is unwell in anyway that we are unaware of.

FOOD: It is important that your pet has been starved from 9pm the night before their procedure is due. This goes for both Dogs and Cats
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and other small mammals do not need to be starved before an anaesthetic, so please ensure they have food and water available. We would also ask for you to bring with you some of their food with them.

WATER: Water can be left down overnight before your pet’s general anaesthetic and then remove the waterbowl and remember not to feed breakfast when you wake up on the morning of the anaesthetic.

DOGS: It would be helpful to us if your dogs have been allowed to go out to the toilet before being admitted, unless you have been specifically asked that they do not by the vet. Please keep tham on a very short walk and on the lead at all times.

Please ensure your dog is clean and not covered in mud, or soaking wet. – A dirty dog will have a much longer anaesthetic while we clean them and prepare the surgical site. A wet dog will loose presious bodyheat, therefore we would need to spend time drying them before anaethatising them.

CATS: Please keep your cat indoors the night before their procedure, so you can ensure they don’t stay out all night finding another source of food, plus you’ll know where they are in the morning. Please ensure thay have a litter tray available.

If your pet has a small blanket that they usually sleep on or a small toy, you may like to bring this with them, so it smells of home. We will contact you as soon as your pet has recovered from their anaesthetic, giving you peace of mind that they are fine and in safe hands.

Your pet will have a discharge appointment with either your vet or a nurse and they will discuss the procedure that your pet has undergone and talk to you about post operative instructions.