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Dog Pre-Operative instructions

All dogs in this practice are anaesthetised with safe and modern veterinary anaesthetics as standard, to minimise anaesthetic risk. Please expect some areas of your dog to be shaved to allow medication to be given and monitoring equipment to be used. To ensure that your dog is ready for admission, and procedures run smoothly on the day please follow the following instructions unless specifically told otherwise.

Your dog should be as clean and dry as possible in preparation for going into an operating theatre. No food should be given after 8pm the evening before surgery. Water should be available overnight. Please take your dog out for a short walk in the morning to empty the bowels and bladder.

Before any anaesthetic or surgical procedures can begin we must, by law, have a consent form completed. This will need to be signed by the owner or an agent acting on the owner’s behalf, but they must be over the age of eighteen.

Download Pre Operative Instructions for your Dog.

Pre-operative blood profile

You may want to consider your dog having a pre-operative blood profile performed immediately prior to surgery, to establish any underlying conditions that may affect our choice of anaesthetic. We especially recommend this for pets over 8 years of age. There is an extra charge for this service.

We will require a contact number where we can contact you all day, or if you are unavailable an agent who can act on your behalf. We require this number just in case we need to speak to you about treatment, or we find something unexpected and need your permission to act up on it.

We will call you to tell you how your dog is and at what time your pet will be ready for collection. After a general anaesthetic, your dog may be drowsy and we advise you to collect your pet by car or some other means of transport. A post operative care sheet will be given to you when you collect your dog from the surgery.

Please note that payment is required when your pet is collected.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.


Cat Pre Operative Instructions

All cats in this practice are anaesthetised with safe and modern veterinary anaesthetics as standard, therefore minimising risks. Please expect some areas of your cat to be shaved to allow medication to be given and monitoring equipment to be used.

To ensure that your cat is ready for admission, and procedures run smoothly on the day please follow the following instructions unless specifically told otherwise. Your cat should be as clean and dry as possible in preparation for going into an operating theatre.

No food should be given after 8pm the evening before surgery. Water should be available overnight. Please keep your cat confined to the house overnight with access to a litter tray, to ensure that they have no access to food.

Before any anaesthetic or surgical procedures can begin we must, by law, have a consent form completed. This can be signed by the owner or an agent acting on the owner’s behalf, but they must be over the age of eighteen.

Download Pre Operative Instructions for your Cat.

Pre-operative blood profile

You may want to consider your cat having a pre-operative blood profile performed immediately prior to surgery, to establish any underlying conditions that may affect our choice of anaesthetic. We especially recommend this for pets over 8 years of age. There is an extra charge for this service.

We will require a contact number where we can reach you all day, or if you are unavailable an agent who can act on your behalf. We need this just in case we have to speak to you about treatment, or we find something unexpected and require your permission to act up on it. Please phone the surgery between the hours of 2-3pm. We will then be able to tell you how your cat is and at what time your pet will be ready for collection. A post operative care sheet will be given to you when you collect your cat from the surgery.

Please note that payment is required when your pet is collected.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.

Hawick Veterinary Practice

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1 Earl StreetHawickTD9 9PZ

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