Pre & Post Operative Advice

Pre Operative Advice
  • Your pet needs to be starved from 10 pm the evening before, please do not give them any food including treats after this time. Access to water overnight and in the morning is fine.

  • Please take your dog for a short walk in the morning to allow them to go to the toilet.

  • Please make sure dogs are brought in clean. If they are muddy or very dirty this could lead to infections with the surgical sites. Give them a bath or a groom a day or so prior to bring them in for their procedure.

  • Rabbits, guinea pigs & other small furries do not need to be starved prior to admit.

  • Cats must be kept in overnight with a litter tray. This to ensure they are starved, no midnight snacks and that they are in the house ready to come to the practice.

  • Cats must be brought into the surgery in a secure pet carrier and dogs must be on a lead.

  • Please bring along any medication your pet is currently on.

  • You will be given a admission time when booking the procedure, usually between 8.30 - 9.30am. On admission one of our nurses will go through a consent form and estimate with you which they will get you to sign giving us permission for the procedure.

  • Any further questions please call us 01375 373202 and speak to a member of staff.

Post Operative Advice

  • Your pet maybe sleepy when you take them home after their procedure, this is normal and they are normally back to their selves with 24 hrs.

  • Keep your pet warm and quiet when you get them home and offer them a light meal that evening. Letting them eat too much to quickly can cause vomiting due to the affects of the anesthetic. 

  • Rabbits & guinea pigs do not need to be starved and it is important that they are back eating their normal diet as soon as possible.

  • Cats will need to be kept in for a period of time depending on the procedure performed, the nurse will advised you on the length of time at discharge.

  • Dogs will need restricted exercise which includes not letting them jump up and down onto sofas, beds and running up and down stairs. The length of time needed will be advised to you by the nurse on discharge.

  • You need to prevent you pet from licking the affected area and wound, they will normally be discharged with a plastic Buster Collar but other options may available depending on procedure. You will be able to discuss these options on discharge and you will be advised by the nurse on the length of time this needs to stay on for.

  • A written post operative instruction sheet will be provided including any post operative appointments needed,

  • If you have any concerns with the operation site or the health of your pet following surgery please call us on 01375 373202 for advice.

Riverside Veterinary Surgery - Independant Veterinary Practice in Grays, Essex