Preparing for a Procedure/Surgery – dogs and cats


Monitoring a general anaesthetic in a day patient at Allport

Day patient being monitored at Allport Vets

If your pet needs to come into the surgery for a procedure then there are a few details we need to think about – this page talks about what to do so everything runs smoothly – this applies to dogs and cats – please see our link for rabbits – they’re a little different.     Instructions prior to surgery: Please do not feed your animal after 8pm the evening before surgery (this includes treats!). An empty stomach is critical for safe anaesthesia. Do NOT restrict water consumption. Allow your pet time to exercise to empty bowel/bladder before admission unless instructed otherwise. Surgical cases are admitted between 8:30 and 9:00.


Be prepared to spend a few minutes with the veterinary surgeon/veterinary nurse on the morning of admission to: -allow a thorough examination -obtain pets weight to ensure accurate drug dosage calculation -explain procedure(s), costs and necessary tests You will be asked to sign a consent form to give the vet written permission to perform the anaesthetic/surgical procedure and leave your contact details for that day – it is essential we have a number that we can contact you on throughout the day. We request you phone the surgery between 1pm and 2pm to arrange a discharge appointment

Other considerations:

A pre operative blood test maybe recommended based on the vet’s examination and the age of the pet. The blood test is performed and processed on the morning of surgery. It is primarily to help detect any abnormalities that cannot be assessed on a physical examination (eg kidney function, liver function, diabetes screen, blood count). Any abnormalities detected may need to be treated prior to surgery or may merely indicate a change in the choice of anaesthetic or treatment. In this way we can minimize the surgical and anaesthetic risk. When a pet is undergoing anaesthesia for one procedure, it is worth considering whether the opportunity should be taken to carry out other procedures – for example; nail trim, implantation of a microchip to allow permanent identification if he/she is ever lost/stolen. There are some scenarios when we cannot perform multiple procedures – for example we avoid dental work if a sterile procedure such as surgery is taking place. The majority of patients are classed as day patients and will be discharged in the afternoon of the day of surgery. Exceptions to this will be animals requiring major non-routine surgery, intravenous fluid therapy (drip) or intensive pain relief.