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Preparing Your Cats and Dogs for Procedures

General Pre-op Instructions

Many operations performed on cats and dogs will involve a general anaesthetic. The risks have now been minimised by the use of modern drugs, techniques and equipment, and every care will be taken to ensure the safe recovery of your pet.

However, all anaesthetics still carry a minimum risk, and so we ask you to help us lessen the risk as follows:

Please DO NOT GIVE YOUR PET ANYTHING TO EAT AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE. Do allow him/her to drink water overnight and on the morning of the operation.

Please bring your pet to the surgery between 8-8.30am on the morning of the operation, in either an escape proof container or dogs on a lead. You will have to wait a short time whilst the vet checks and sedates your pet. If you have any questions please ask the vet at the time.

For Cats: Please label baskets/cages with your surname and the name of your cat.

If you require glasses to read please bring them with you as you will have forms to read and sign.

It is helpful if you can allow your dog to empty its bowels and bladder before arriving at the surgery.

Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are available and may be discussed with the admitting veterinary surgeon or nurse.

Please leave us an emergency telephone number for the day so we can contact you if necessary.

Please contact the surgery between 2.30pm – 3.30pm to arrange a time for collection of your pet. This is usually between 3-6pm and will be by appointment with a vet or nurse.

Discounted micro-chipping is available to animals having a general anaesthetic. The price is reduced from £21.50 to £18.50.

You are welcome to ask for an estimate of the likely costs. Fees are due for payment on collection of the animal. With prior agreement from a vet, payment can sometimes be deferred until the end of treatment.
We accept cash, cheques and VISA/MasterCard/Switch/Solo/Electron.

Any treatment covered by insurance must in all cases be paid for on receipt of an invoice. Claim forms will be completed and forwarded as necessary.

We reserve the right to make a charge for dealing with insurance claims.


You will be asked to sign a form of consent for the surgery and anaesthetic to be administered to your pet. The clauses on the consent form are:

I hereby give permission for the administration of a general anaesthetic to the above animal, and to the performance of such surgical and/or other procedure as may prove necessary. The nature of these procedures has been explained to me.

I understand that all anaesthetic techniques and surgical procedures involve some risk to the animal.

* I have been offered pre-anaesthetic blood tests and have accepted/declined them.

* The above procedure may be performed by a registered veterinary nurse under the supervision of
a veterinary surgeon.
I understand that certain useful drugs which are not licensed for use in this species may be administered at the discretion of the veterinary surgeon and I fully accept any attendant risks.

I agree to pay to the practice all reasonable costs and expenses that may be incurred whilst the patient is under its care. I understand that if complications occur, costs may be in excess of the estimate above, but that in the event of further treatment being required which will give rise to additional costs I will be contacted as soon as is practicable so that my consent to such additional costs may be obtained.

I agree to pay the practice upon receipt of an invoice, even if the fees exceed the estimate.

I agree that all case papers, radiographs etc. remain the property of the Practice.


* These clauses may not be applicable in every case.

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