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Pre-op Information

If your pet requires a surgical/medical procedure we may request that we admit them to the practice for the day. This can be arranged at a mutually convenient time and can usually be booked within the following week.
We usually ask for pets to be dropped off at the practice between 8.30 and 9am. This allows us to settle them into their kennel, take pre-operative bloods and give them their pre-med. On arrival at the practice the nurse will admit your pet and go through the consent form with you and answer any questions you have about the procedure which is to take place.
We are unlikely to be able to give an accurate time as to when your pets procedure will take place due to the possibilities of emergencies occurring which may delay surgery.
We aim to complete procedures as soon as possible and discharge appointments often begin at around 3pm. We will contact you when you pet is recovering to arrange a time for collection although please feel free to ring at anytime during the day if you would like a progress report regarding your pet.
In most cases your pet will be able to go home the same night following a procedure. If overnight hospitalisation is necessary a vet or nurse will discuss this with you.
There are a few pre-operative instructions to be followed:

Pre-operative instructions for cat and dogs

  • Please do not give your pet anything to eat (including treats!) after midnight before the procedure is to take place.
  • There is no need to withhold water prior to the procedure.
  • If your pet is on any medication (tablets/drops/injections) please contact the surgery to find out whether these should be given on the morning of the procedure.
  • Please keep cats in the night prior to the procedure to ensure that they do not hunt and eat overnight.
  • Please take dogs for a walk before bringing them into the surgery to allow them to empty their bladder/bowels.
  • Please bring your pet into the practice secured on a lead or in a secure cage/carrier/box, NOT loose in your arms.

Pre-operative care for rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and rodents

  • There is no need to withhold food or water prior to the procedure.
  • Please bring a small amount of your pets normal food with you to the practice. This allows us to offer them some familiar food once they awake from their procedure.
  • If your pet is on any medication (tablets/drops/injections) please contact the surgery to find out whether these should be given on the morning of the procedure.
  • Please bring your pet into the practice secured on a lead or in a secure cage/carrier/box, NOT loose in your arms.

If you have any questions regarding the pre-operative care of your pet, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.

Post-op Care

A Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Nurse will discuss all post operative care instructions specific to your pet and the procedure they have had done when they are discharged from the practice.
Please do not hesitate to call the practice should you have any queries or require any further advice.

Some frequently asked questions:

On arriving home you should keep your pet warm and comfortable by providing a soft clean bed, ideally in a quiet and draught free room at approximately 20-22’C. Unless otherwise instructed, your pet should be offered a drink of fresh water and  a small amount of food may be given. Please keep your cats indoors overnight, or longer if instructed and allow the use of a litter tray. Dogs may be taken on gentle lead walks from the following day unless otherwise instructed. You should discourage any jumping or activity that will cause excessive stretching of the wound, especially during the first few days post-operatively.

Your pet has been given a general anaesthetic and/or a sedative. These drugs can take a number of hours to wear off and may cause some patients to appear drowsy for a day or so. Over the next day or two their behaviour should return to normal, however if you are at all concerned do no hesitate to contact the surgery. Most pets sleep even more than normal in the first week after surgery.

Blood samples are often taken from a vein in the neck and the a fore leg vein is usually where the anaesthetic or sedative was administered.  The hair is clipped to reduce the risk of infection during the procedure.  There may also be a small dressing on the leg; if so this can be removed later that day, unless otherwise instructed.

My pet has developed a slight cough since the operation. Is this anything to worry about?

Your pet may have has a tube placed in their trachea (windpipe) during the anaesthetic – this can occasionally cause mild irritation and a slight cough as an after-effect. If so, it will settle down over the next few days, however should it persist, please contact the surgery.

It is only natural that your pet may try to clean the operation site, however, if this happens there is a danger of the stitches being pulled out or infection being introduced into the wound. If you have been given an Elizabethan-type collar to prevent your pet chewing then please ensure it is used, otherwise please contact the surgery and ask for one. Not surprisingly, many pets find these collars strange at first and will attempt to remove them. However after a short period most animals will settle and tolerate wearing the collar. Once accustomed, it is better to keep the collar on permanently, rather than to take it on and off.

An alternative collar to the Elizabethan-type collars are comfy collars which may be better tolerated by your pet. Please ask at the practice for details. Also a suitably customised t-shirt, sock etc. may help to cover the wound to prevent interference.

Remember – it only takes a few seconds of unobserved chewing for a pet to undo its stitches. If your pet does succeed in removing any of its stitches then please call the surgery as soon as possible.

The wound should normally be clean with the edges together and the skin a normal or slightly reddish/pink colour.  In pale skinned pets a small amount of bruising may be seen around the wound.  This may not appear until a few days after the operation.  In some cases a very small amount of blood may seep intermittently from a fresh wound for up to 24 hours, especially if the animal is active.

Please contact the surgery if you see any of the following at the wound:

  • Continue seepage or a large quantity of blood
  • Intermittent blood seepage continuing for more than 24 hours
  • Any swellings, excessive redness of the skin or discharge.

In general most skin sutures are removed 14 days after the operation depending on the type of surgery performed. You will be instructed when is the most appropriate time for your pet.

This will depend upon the nature of the operation. In the case of a minor procedure involving a small incision, some restriction of exercise should be maintained until a few days after the skin sutures are removed. However, if a major operation has been performed or a large incision is present a longer period of convalescence will be required, which may involve keeping your pet rested for a number of weeks. Please discuss this with your Vet/Vet nurse.

Worms & Fleas


Infestation with worms can be bad for your pets health, and some worms pose a threat to humans too.

Worming should begin from an early age. Puppies and kittens can can become infected with worms even before they are born or via their mothers milk when feeding.


When you collect your kitten from the breeder they should already have been treated for worms. You should continue to treat them for worms on a monthly basis until they are 6 months old. Worming frequency may then be reduced to every 3 months and should be continued throughout adulthood.  However if young children are present in the household or regularly come into contact your cat then monthly treatment is recommended long term.

Adult cats can contract worms from the environment especially if they are keen hunters or scavengers.  Cats that hunt regularly should be wormed every 4-6 weeks.


When you collect your puppy from the breeder they should already have been treated for worms. You should continue to treat them for worms on a monthly basis lifelong to prevent round and tapeworms being passed onto humans and to prevent lungworm (see below).

Lungworm:  Cases of lungworm are becoming more common. The parasite is acquired from slug/snails (purposeful/accidental ingestion). Lungworm can make your pet seriously ill and can potentially be fatal. We now recommend worming monthly throughout life in order to prevent this serious disease.

Remember regular worming is important not only for your pets health but for you and your family’s health as it is possible for worms to be passed onto humans.

Flea prevention

‘Prevention is better than cure’. One adult flea can lay up to 200 eggs which hatch into adult fleas in as little as two weeks. Therefore if carried into the house on your pet one flea can develop into a large flea population in a matter of weeks.

It is advisable to begin treating your pet for fleas as soon as they are brought home from the breeder and maintain regular treatments throughout their lives.

There are a number of products available to treat and prevent flea infestation.  We use only tried and tested products which we trust.  Our nurses provide free flea check consultations – please contact reception to arrange.


Pets can pick up ticks all year round. They are most common in the warmer months of the year and in rural areas. Ticks can not only cause irritation and infection of the skin but can also transmit diseases to your pet.

Our routine flea treatment in dogs also treats for ticks.  Treatments are available to prevent ticks in cats too.  If your pet acquires a tick and has been treated for this then the tick should fall off within 24hrs. Ticks can also be removed with specially designed tick hooks. These are designed to help remove the mouth parts of tick, which if left behind can cause infection. Ticks should not be pulled off or burnt off.

For advise on tick removal / treatment please call the practice.

To order / discuss worm or flea treatment please ring the practice on 01538 752117 (Cheadle) or 01782 385285 (Meir Park).

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