Preparing for Surgery – Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and other Small Furries


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 rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries – please see our link for dogs and cat – they’re a little different.



Instructions prior to surgery:

Feed as normal, do not restrict food or water prior to surgery.

Please bring a small amount of your pet’s normal food – we will offer this to your pet after the procedure.


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.

Other considerations:

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.

The majority of patients are classed as day patients and will be discharged in the afternoon of the day of surgery.

Recovery after an anaesthetic for a rabbit or guinea pig involves us monitoring they are eating and defaecating again – rabbits and guinea pigs in particular are effected digestively by the anaesthetic and it is important that this is assessed closely post GA. Please do not be unduly concerned if we require keeping your rabbit or guinea pig hospitalised overnight to monitor this as this is a not uncommon occurrence.

We ask you please phone the surgery between 1pm -2pm for an update.