The majority of our pets will require an anaesthetic at some stage of their lives. We have some of the most up to date anaesthetic agents and equipment all regularly updated, reviewed and serviced.

Many minor procedures can be carried out with sedation and local anaesthesia, but when general anaesthesia is required your pet will be closely monitored throughout, ensuring a smooth anaesthetic and a rapid recovery. This is obviously better for your pet but ensures peace of mind to you the owner.

For elective procedures in dogs and cats we advise that food is removed by 8pm the evening before and water first thing in that morning. It is advisable to keep cats indoors overnight as they are prone to hunting.

Rabbits and herbivores should be fed as normal with no restriction to water. We also recommend you bring their normal food in with them as it is important for them to eat as soon as possible after any anaesthetic.

You can bring their clean blankets and larger toys in with your pet as this can make their stay more comfortable with familiar things around them.

Please ensure your animals are clean when they arrive, and allow your dogs to have a walk in the morning to pass faeces if necessary.

Your pet will be given a pre-operative health examination and you will be asked to sign a routine consent form. We will always offer the option of pre-operative blood tests, this can be carried out easily with rapid results from our in-house blood analysers. We strongly recommend this in the older patient.

We feel it is important that you are as comfortable as possible with your pet’s anaesthetic. We will discuss any aspect of any procedure should you wish – all aspects will be explained but please ask if you are unsure.

We are pleased to report that we now offer Sevoflurane as an anaesthetic agent. This is one of the most up to date anaesthetics available and allows us greater flexibility assessing the best anaesthetic for your pet.

We will contact you as soon as your pet has recovered from their anaesthetic. We know any anaesthetic is a concern to pet owners…..we are pet owners ourselves….rest assured they will be looked after in the best possible way during their stay with us.

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