Pre-operative Information

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Cats

Unless your vet has given different instructions for your pet, before they have an operation they should:

  • Have no food from 8pm the night before the operation
  • Have water available at all times.
  • Bring any medication they are currently taking
  • Be brought to the surgery between 8.00 and 9.00am on the morning of their operation
  • Favourite blankets or comforters can be brought to help to reduce the stress factors for your cat

Dogs

Unless your vet has given different instructions for your pet, before they have an operation they should:

  • Have no food from 8pm the night before the operation
  • Have water available at all times
  • Bring any medication they are currently taking
  • Should have been given a short walk to allow them to do their toilet, but avoid letting them get dirty or significantly wet
  • Be brought to the surgery between 8.00 and 9.00am on the morning of their operation
  • Favourite blankets or comforters can be brought to help to reduce the stress factors for your dog

Rabbits

Rabbits should NOT be starved prior to having a general anaesthetic. Food and water should be given right up until they have the anaesthetic. We like to ensure that rabbits start to eat and pass faeces as quickly as possible after an anaesthetic. It would therefore be helpful if you brought a rabbit picnic with them when they come in for their operation which should include some of their favourite foodstuffs e.g. vegetables, herbs, dandelion leaves etc.