What do you need to do before your pet’s procedure?

Before your pet is desexed, there are a few basic things we ask you to do:

  • Don’t feed your pet after 8pm the night before (except rabbits)
  • Rabbits should be allowed to eat right up to the time you bring them to the clinic.
  • For rabbits, we also ask you to bring some of their regular food so we can start feeding them again straight after the procedure to minimise the risk of gut problems
  • All pets can have free access to water until they come in to the clinic
  • For dogs, please give them a bath the day before the surgery. This means they are clean and dry for the surgery. They won’t be able to have a bath for around 10 days after the surgery, so this will be your last chance for a while
  • Ensure you have a lead for your dog and a basket for your cat. For their own safety, pets need to be well controlled in the car and at the clinic
  • Take your dog for a walk to encourage it to toilet before coming to the clinic
  • Think about anything else you may like done while your pet is under anaesthetic (teeth cleaned/ nails clipped/ microchipping/ do they have a hernia?)
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