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Surgical Admission Protocol

We appreciate that surgery for your pet can be an anxious and stressful experience for both of you.  All of us are pet owners ourselves and share your concerns.  Therefore, we have created protocols that ensure that your pet’s surgical procedure is as comfortable and as stress-free as possible.  Your pet is in good hands.  Veterinary surgery is just as advanced as human surgery.

The day before surgery:

You’ll receive an SMS reminder the day before surgery to confirm your appointment. Please reply to the SMS. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us.

No food is to be given after 7pm the evening before surgery and no breakfast at all on the day of the surgery. An empty stomach is critical for a safe anaesthesia.

Bath your dog as they won’t be able to get stitches wet for 10 days after surgery, and it also assists with surgical sterility in theatre.

Please ensure cats are kept indoors overnight (with a litter tray) to prevent them from getting access to food outside.

The morning of the surgery:

Water should be removed in the morning on the day of the surgery.

If your pet is taking medication, give the normal dosage at the usual time unless otherwise advised by your veterinarian.  If your pet is a diabetic, please ask your veterinarian for special instructions.

Allow your pet time to empty their bowels and bladder before being admitted for surgery.


Every patient that is admitted to hospital will have a nurse dedicated to their care.

If your pet seems unwell, please inform us at the time of admission.

Surgical patients are admitted to the practice between 8:00am and 9:30am on the day of the surgery.  Please allow 15 minutes for the admission procedure when you arrive.

Your admission appointment will be with a nurse or veterinarian, at which time they will go through the procedure with you, and you will sign the surgical admission consent form.

During admission, the veterinarian or nurse will talk to you about pre-anaesthetic blood testing. To ensure your pet can properly process and eliminate an anaesthetic, we run tests to confirm that your pet’s liver and kidneys are functioning properly and to find hidden health conditions that could put your pet at risk.  This is always recommended, regardless of an animal’s age, but especially so for pets over 7 years of age.

Be sure to leave a contact phone number where you can be reached during the day so we can give you a call when your pet is out of recovery and to confirm the discharge appointment.


Your pet’s nurse will be in contact with you to give you an update on the surgical procedure performed and arrange a discharge appointment to go through any aftercare required. Each patient is sent home with written post operative instructions, which would include the names of your pet’s surgeon and assisting surgical nurse. Please call us any time if you have any additional questions or worries.