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Armac Veterinary Care | 24 Hr Vet Practices Bury, Bolton & Fairfield

  • 0161 764 4618

    info@armacvets.co.uk

  • Armac Vets, 147 The Rock, Bury,

    BL9 0ND

  • Open 24 hrs a day,

    365 day a year.

Pre and Post Operative Care For Your Pet

5 July 2017 Posted by admin Blog , , , , , ,

PRE OPERATIVE CARE FOR YOUR PETS

  • As a general anaesthetic will be administered, a slight risk is also involved. It is therefore advised that your pet has a blood sample taken prior to surgery, to detect any abnormalities, for example kidney and liver functions. Should any problems be identified, the appropriate therapy can then be given. The blood sample will be taken on the morning of surgery. There will be an additional fee for this procedure. Please inform the clinic as soon as possible if you would like the blood anaylisis to be carried out.
  • Whilst your pet is under anaesthetic, other procedures, which may normally prove difficult, my be carried out. The following procedures can be performed free of charge : Nail Clipping and Anal Gland Expression. The following procedures may also be perfromed, at an additional cost : Tooth Scale and Polish, Identichipping, Ear Cleaning, Dematting and Vaccination. If your pet would benefit from any of these proceudures, please inform the nurse on admission.
  • It is necessary for healthy dogs and cats to be starved from 10pm the previous evening. Water may be given until 7am on the morning of surgery. Please keep cats indoors the night before surgery
  • Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Cage Birds and other small furies, should not be starved ata ll. It is also advised you bring a small amount of their usual food with them to the clinic.
  • Please try to ensure dogs and cats have had the opportunity to go to the toilet before coming to the clinic.
  • Please bring your pet to the surgery at 8.30am at the Bury Clinic (The Rock) and 9am at the Bradshaw and Fairfield Clinics, where your pet will be admitted by a nurse, who will go through the procedure with you. The nurse will also be able to help with any queries or worries you may have. Your pet will be taken and weighed and if approriate, given premedication. This will calm your pet whilst awaiting surgery and assist in a smooth receovery.
  • If your pet is currently on medication, please continue with it, unless otherwise informed. If it has not been possible to administer any mediction, please inform the nurse on admission. Please also advise the nurse of any fitting/seizures your pet has suffered.
  • On arrival at the clinic, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Please read this carefully, ensuring that all the details are correct, including a daytime telephone number where you can be contacted. If you do not receive a phone call from the clinic, please contact the clinic after 2pm, were the nurse will report on your pets progress and advise you on a suitable time your pet can be collected from the clinic.
  • Please be assured that your pets stay at the clinic will be made as comfortable as possible.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CLINIC. 0161 764 4618

 

POST OPERATIVE AND ANAESTHETIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR DOG

  • Please keep your dog warm and quiet over the next 24 – 48 hours. It may be necessary to keep children and other animals away throughout this period.
  • Feed your dog small frequent meals of a light diet for the next few days, (e.g. cooked chicken, white fish, scrambled egg, boiled rice, pasta or potatoes).
  • Exercise MUST be restricted to lead exercise ONLY for at least 10 days.
  • A small area of fur has been clipped on one or both front legs for the administration of anaesthetic.
  • You may notice your dog coughing a little or swallowing more, this may be due to the tube being placed in your dog’s trachea whilst under anaesthetic.
  • Do not let you dog lick or chew at any stitches, wounds or dressings. If may be necessary to use an old T-shirt or Elizabethan collar.
  • Keep all dressings and bandages clean and dry. If necessary, cover bandages with a plastic bag whilst exercising/toileting. Remember to remove them when finished.

There is not a charge for the removal of stitches.

If you have any worries at all, please call the clinic 0161 764 4618.

 

POST OPERATIVE AND ANAESTHETIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR CAT

  • Please keep your cat warm and quiet over the next 24-48 hours. It may be necessary to keep children and other animals away throughout this period.
  • Keep your cat indoors for 24-48 hours. It will be necessary to provide a litter tray throughout this time. If your cat has been castrated it is best to use torn newspaper instead of litter for 2-3 days.
  • Feed your cat small frequent meals of a light diet for the next few days, (e.g. Coooked chicken, white fish etc)
  • A small area of fur has been clipped on one or both front legs, for the administration of the anaesthetic.
  • You may notice your cat coughing a little or swallowing more, this may be due to the tube being placed in your cat’s trachea whilst under anaesthetic.
  • Do not let your cat lick or chew at any stitches, wounds or dressings. It may be necessary to use an old T-shirt or Elizabethan collar.
  • Keep dressings and bandages clean and dry.

There is no charge for the removal of stitches.

If you have any worries at all, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 0161 764 4618.

 

POST OPERATIVE AND ANESTHETIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR EXOTIC PET

Small Mammals and Birds

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rodents and birds are endothermic (warm blooded) so they are able to maintain their own body temperature above the surroundings, within certain limits, but after anaesthetic their body temperature will have dropped, so it is important to keep your animal warm and quiet over the next 24 – 48 hours while they recover. It may be necessary to keep children and other animals away during this time.

Reptiles

Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are ectothermic (cold blooded) so they are unable to control their own body temperature. Their temperature will flucuate depending on the temperature of their surroundings, so as with small mammals after an anaesthetic their body temperature will have dropped. The same care will be needed for 24 – 48 hours.

  • If your animal is normally kept outdoors it is advised to bring them inside for the period of recovery.
  • Rabbits, Guinea Pigs should be fed as normal before and after any procedure as it is important to keep their guts moving and functioning normally, as if they do not eat for any amount of time they can suffer from gut paralysis (gut stasis).
  • You may notice coughing or swallowing more, this may be due to a tube having been placed in your animal’s trachea whilst under anaesthetic.
  • It is important to keep any wounds clean and dry, so it will be important to keep a close eye on your pet to make sure they don’t scratch or lick them.
  • Keep all dressing and bandages clean and dry.

If you have any worries at all, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 0161 764 4618.