Before & after surgery

The success of surgical procedures and the recovery depends to some extent on the care taken before and after the operation.

The stress of surgery can lower your pet’s resistance to infectious diseases, so vaccinations should be up to date. Lungworm in dogs can cause poor blood clotting so if your dog is not already being treated with Advocate Spot On, Brook Green Vets recommends treatment prior to undergoing surgery. One treatment is given six weeks before the operation and again two weeks before the surgery.

As a prior operation guide please do not feed your pet after 21.00 hrs the previous evening. However rabbits can eat as normal. Cats should be kept indoors during the night before they are due for surgery. Water can be freely available to pets until the time you leave home.

Brook Green Vets will carry out a full clinical examination before giving an anaesthetic and recommends a blood test to check the general health of your pet. This helps to secure anaesthetic safety.
It is essential not to be late so there is time to prepare your pet for the anaesthetic. Upon leaving your pet with us you will be asked to sign a consent form.
After routine surgery most pets will be ready to go home within a few hours of waking up.

We will give you all the information you need to care for your pet after surgery. An appointment for a post-operative check up at Brook Green Vets will also be booked.

At home following surgery your pet should be kept warm and quiet indoors for 24 hours. Your pet may be sleepy and a bit wobbly for a while.

We may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to keep your pet comfortable and to prevent infection. Most pets will try to lick their wounds, if your pet tried to remove stitches the vet can give you a buster collar to fit around the neck to prevent them from nibbling.

If you are worried about your pet, call Brook Green Vets for advice.

If your pet is staying with Brook Green Vets to recover from their surgery, we will arrange visiting times for you. Visiting your pet can often improve their recovery as well as give you peace of mind.

We will make every effort to ensure your pet’s stay with us is a warm, caring and comfortable experience.