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This has been prepared so that you are fully aware of what is involved in the administration of a general anaesthetic to your pet.
Every general anaesthetic, whether it is given to a person or an animal, involves some risk to life. In healthy animals the risk is very small but in no animal is there no risk at all – the risk is highest in very young, old or sick pets, and higher in overweight animals and those in poor health. Please let us know if your pet has shown any signs of ill health recently.
Every animal undergoing an anaesthetic at this clinic is given a thorough clinical examination pre-operatively. Urine and blood tests can be carried out to check liver and kidney function. We do not do these routinely as they are not essential in healthy animals. When your pet is admitted to the surgery we will ask you if you wish a blood test to be carried out.
We strongly recommend that all pets are up to date with their vaccinations prior to any surgery, as this can lower their resistance to disease. Your pet could be put at risk if their booster is overdue.
- Please inform the surgery if your pet is receiving any medication.
- Do not feed your dog or cat after 10.00 pm the night before the anaesthetic. Feed rabbits as normal.
- Water may be given up until morning. Remove the bowl at breakfast time unless we inform you otherwise. (Older or ill pets can have water)
- Ensure no food is given to your dog or cat on the morning of the operation.
- Please take your dog for a short walk in the morning so they may empty their bowels and bladder.
- Keep cats indoors overnight prior to surgery.
- Rabbits like to eat straight after procedures so please bring some of their favourite food. (This also applies to other small mammals and birds).