Dogs and Cats
We advise to starve from about 8:00pm the previous day but all animals must be allowed free access to water overnight. It is always nicer if you can take your animal for a short walk before bringing for surgery to allow them to urinate and defaecate. We advise keeping cats in so they cannot hunt, or dine out!
We will give specific instructions for each individual but after routine surgery most animals can have a small digestible meal on their return home. It is important they are kept warm and quiet the night after an operation. Cats must be kept in overnight as they may have impaired reactions and so be more prone to accidents, so ensure you have a litter tray. We will advise on wound management but please check for any swelling, redness or discharge daily. Excessive licking can cause wound infection and even breakdown so this must be stopped, either by covering the wound or using a buster collar if necessary. For most operations we recommend only short lead walks for 7-10 days.