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Mon to Fri:8.00am – 6.30pm
Sat:8.00am – 2.00pm
Sun:Closed (Emergencies)

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Anaesthesia Information 

The following information explains our practice policy about general anaesthesia. When you go into hospital you naturally expect the best and very latest treatment and we believe that your pet deserves a similar approach.

Pre-anaesthetic examination

This practice routinely weighs and examines all patients prior to anaesthesia. It may be appropriate to carry out other tests such as a blood screen - which can be performed in the practice prior to anaesthesia - the veterinary surgeon will advise you accordingly.

General anaesthesia

Your pet is to undergo a surgical procedure. He/she will receive a pre -medication which consists of a pain relief and a mild sedative, this ensures a smooth transition into general anaesthesia and limits the amount of anaesthetics used. We use the gaseous anaesthetic Isofluorane and induce anaesthesia with Vetofol. These drugs are now used extensively for human anaesthesia. Animals anaesthetised with these agents go to sleep in a smooth and well controlled manner and wake up more rapidly, with very little "hangover". Furthermore, they have less effect on a number of vital organs including the liver, kidneys and heart. They are especially suitable for "day case surgery" where patients operated upon can go home the same day. Every patient will be carefully assessed for which anaesthetic agents we will use prior to the anaesthetic itself.

These agents allow us to return your pet in a brighter and more alert condition, even following anaesthesia just a short time before. We know that by using these agents the anaesthetic experience for your pet is kept as short and as pleasant as possible. We hope you are assured that we are committed to the safety anaesthetic practice. Please feel free to question us about the forthcoming procedure.

All anaesthetics carry some risk. We have striven to reduce that risk to the smallest possible.

What we would like you to do before bringing your pet to us for treatment:

  1. Please ensure that your pet has had nothing to eat from 10.00pm the night before the procedure but that it has had access to water overnight.
  2. Ensure that your dog has gone to the toilet before admittance and is clean - no muddy walks before coming in!!
  3. Please read the consent form in your own time and ask any questions when you see the veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse on admission.
  4. You have the opportunity for your pet to be fed a special post-operative diet after it has recovered from the operation. The Hills Prescription Diets i/d and a/d are highly nutritious and palatable, they are scientifically proven to aid recovery in convalescing animals. Please inform the veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse if you would like to take advantage of this service.