Pound Corner • Wangford • NR34 8RS
… your award winning, independent small animal practice

Pre-Operative Instructions If your pet is scheduled to have an anaesthetic or sedation please read and follow the following directions.

While no procedure or anaesthetic can ever be guaranteed safe, by following these instructions you help us to make your pets visit as smooth and safe as possible.

  1. If your pet has been unwell or their condition has deteriorated before admission please let us know.
  2. Please do not give your dog or cat food after 9pm the night before admission. This includes treats.
  3. Please leave water available for your pet until the morning unless you have been specifically advised not to. This applies especially to pets over 8 years.
  4. Please take your dog for a walk on the morning of admission to empty their bladder and bowel. This helps prevent, any accidents, while they are under general anaesthetic.
  5. Please ensure your dogs are clean, if you regularly bathe your dog please do so in the days prior to surgery. 
  6. Cats should be kept indoors with a litter tray the night before admission so that you can be sure they have not been out hunting overnight (and to ensure they are actually around when the cat basket comes out in the morning!)
  7. Your pet will be admitted at a set appointment time with a qualified nurse who will be able to discuss any questions about the anaesthetic or procedure as well as give your pet a thorough check up. Please allow at least 15 minutes for this appointment and the paperwork. Please ask for an estimate of costs if one has not already been given to you at booking.
  8. Pre anaesthetic bloods will be discussed at the time of admission. In the ideal world we would run routine blood tests on every anaesthetic patient to check their liver, kidney function and for any underlying unknown problems. This is an especially good idea in patients over 8 years of age.
  9. We will ask you to call after 2.30pm to update you on your pet’s progress and confirm arrangements for discharge. If the vets or nurses have any extra questions about your pet they will need to call you so please make sure we have up-to-date contact numbers. 
  10. You will be booked a specific discharge appointment to go through the procedure and the aftercare that will be needed. Written care instructions will also be given to you at this appointment.
  11. Download your pets Pre-Operative Instructions  prior to the proceedure or call the practice for the intructions to be emailed or posted out to you