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 an operation can lower your pet’s resistance to infectious disease, so it is important for vaccinations to be up to date. Lungworm in dogs can cause poor blood clotting during and after surgery. If your dog is not already being treated with Advocate Spot On, St Helens Vets recommends treatment prior to surgery. One treatment is recommended six weeks before the operation and a repeat treatment two weeks before the operation.
As a guide please do not feed your pet after 21:00 hrs the previous evening. This does not apply to rabbits however – they can eat as normal. Cats should be kept indoors during the night before surgery. Water can be freely available to pets until the time you leave home.
When you leave, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
The vet or veterinary nurse will give you all the information you need to care for your pet after surgery. An appointment for a post-operative check up at St Helens Vets will also be arranged.
The vet may prescribe painkillers, antibiotics or other drugs to keep things comfortable and prevent infection. Some patients like to lick their wounds. If your pet does try to remove stitches the vet can give you a collar to fit around the neck to prevent this.
If you are worried about anything at all, call St Helens Vets for advice.
We make every effort to ensure your pet’s stay with us is a warm, caring and comfortable experience.