- Do not feed your pet after 8pm the night before the surgery – an empty stomach is essential for anaesthetic safety.
- Water can be left down overnight but removed when you get up on the day.
- Make sure your pets coat and skin is clean and mud free to lessen the risk of post op infection.
We understand that it is a worrying time when your pet stays with us for any procedure. Please read the below carefully.
Please make sure dogs have urinated and defecated before admission for their own comfort.
Pre-operative blood tests
This is a 6-point blood test assessing your pets organ function prior to surgery.
This allows us to use the safest anaesthetic for your pet. We recommend this for all patients but insist for all animals over 10 years of age.
Please consider anything else you might like performed e.g. ID chip implant, nail clipping etc. We will be happy to discuss any requirements with you.
You will be asked to sign a consent form which gives your permission to carry out the procedure, for staff to act in your pets best interest if you are unavailable and we have a problem, that you understand the risks involved and that you will settle the account when you collect your pet.
Please ensure you give us the correct contact numbers for that day and make sure you or someone you are happy for us to contact is available at all times.
What happens on the day?
Once your pet has been admitted they will be settled into a kennel. We have separate cattery and kennel rooms to reduce stress. They will then be given a pre-med injection which is partly a sedative and partly strong pain relief. This helps them to relax and prepares them for surgery.
Pre-operative blood tests
If you decide you would like the blood test we run it after the pre-med has taken effect but before we do anything else so we can adjust things accordingly. An IV catheter is also placed at this time in case of any anaesthetic emergencies.
We monitor your pets vital signs from the admission appointment to the discharge appointment. We monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels and reflexes routinely. All of these are recorded so we can identify any changing patterns.
A castration involves the removal of both testicles. The incision is made just in front of the scrotum in a dog. Dogs have dissolvable sutures under the skin. Although your pet wont be able to produce offspring after the operation some sperm may live in the urinary tract for a few weeks so it is advisable to keep dogs away from bitches that are in season. A spay operation involves the removal of the womb and both ovaries. The incision is made in the middle of the tummy. All you will see afterwards is a row of stitches in the skin, but there are 3 layers of stitches underneath this and internal stitches where the womb has been removed. The operation is equivalent of a human hysterectomy, although it is amaznig how quickly our canine patients recover from the surgery compared to humans!
An anaesthetic holds its own inherent risk. However, the risk is at its lowest in a young, fit, healthy animal. Haemorrhage during or after surgery is a possible complication. This risk can be reduced by making sure your pet is not overweight and that dogs have been given preventative Lungworm treatment as Lungworm can cause bleeding. Certain breeds are at risk from inherited blood clotting deficiencies e.g. Dobermans These can have more specialised blood tests prior to surgery, please discuss this with the vet at your pre-neuter appointment. If there is any concern that your pet may bleed post operatively then we may suggest keeping them in overnight for monitoring at an extra fee.
Wherever possible we use the skills of our trained nursing staff – these services include surgical site preparation and surgical assistance as well as giving your pet a high level of comfort and care during his stay with us. That will include monitoring as well as plenty of tender loving care!
This will be arranged either at the admit or during the phone call once your pet has recovered. Depending on how well your pet is waking up and when they go into theatre the discharge time is usually between 2pm-7pm.
Post operative care
It is important that you are home with your pet the evening of the operation. It takes on average 2 weeks for the tissues to heal post surgery. During this time you will need to restrict your pets exercise i.e lead walks for dogs, keeping cats in and reducing jumping onto furniture. For the first few meals post surgery we recommend feeding a bland easily digestible diet such as chicken and rice or white fish and potato. We offer recovery packs if you need them.
Post operative checks
We see dogs back 2 days and 10 days after the operation.These appointments are all usually with a nurse.
The price includes:
- The anaesthetic and surgery itself
- Nursing care
- Intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure
- Pain relief and antibiotic injections
- Buster collar
- Neutered food sample and advice sheet
- Post-operative checks – usually 2 for dogs
The price does not include any additional procedures performed at the same time or treatment for any
unexpected complications caused by your pet chewing at his stitches for example.
Under 10kg £144.20 (inc VAT)
10 - 20kg £159.66 (inc VAT)
20 - 40kg £169.96 (inc VAT)
> 40kg £190.56 (inc VAT)
Under 10kg £218.60 (inc VAT)
10 - 20kg £247.20 (inc VAT)
20 - 40kg £272.94 (inc VAT)
40 - 60kg From £329.00 - £350.00(inc VAT)
If you have any questions please telephone us on 01934 622022