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2 weeks before surgery:

  • Check that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. If they are due, book them in at least 7 days before the surgery.
  • If your pet needs grooming, do this before the surgery. Your pet will not be able to have a bath after the surgery for 10 days, and may not want to be brushed following the operation.
  • Check with the vet if your pet will need a special diet post-surgery. For example, after oral surgery, where teeth are removed, your pet will need to be on beef or chicken strips for the 7-10 days following the procedure.
  • If your pet is on medications, check with the vet if they should be given the night prior to surgery or the morning of. Some medications require continuous dosing.

The morning of surgery:

  • Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink this morning. If your pet has had access to any food after 10pm the night before, let the vet know immediately, and at what time, as we may have to reschedule the surgery to another day. There is no point trying to hide this, as it can be very dangerous for your pet if they vomit during the anaesthetic.
  • Bring your pet in at the booked time between 8am-9am.
  • Take your pet for a short walk to do their business before bringing them in for the day.
  • When filling out admission forms, make sure you leave a contact number that can be reached at all times of the day. If possible, leave more than one number.

The night before surgery:

  • Feed your pet dinner, but make sure they do not have access to any food after 10pm that evening
  • Keep water available overnight, just remember to remove it when you wake up the following morning.
  • Make sure your pet gets a good night’s sleep.

Post-surgery care:

  • Most pets will be discharged on the afternoon of their surgery, between 4pm-6pm that night.
  • Follow the home-care notes that are provided, and give all medications as per instructions, even if your pet seems fine. This includes keeping Elizabethan collars on at all times, and restricting your pet’s activity so that the surgery site can heal
  • If you have questions after the surgery, or are concerned for your pet at any point, contact The Ark immediately.