If your pet is having a surgical procedure there will be an area of hair clipped around the surgical site. This allows sterile preparation of the area and minimises the incidence of postoperative wound complications. Stitches may be placed under, within or on the skin surface depending on the nature of the surgery and in some cases a surgical drain may be required. After the procedure is completed your pet will be recovered from the anaesthetic in the comfort of their own kennel, whilst being monitored closely by our nursing team. When appropriate, dogs will be taken outside to toilet, cats given a litter tray and all patients will be offered food and water.
A discharge appointment with a vet or nurse will be arranged when your pet is ready to go home. At this appointment we will discuss clinical findings, care of the surgical wound, postoperative feeding, exercise and medications, and will arrange follow up appointments as required. Most pets will be discharged in the afternoon or evening on the day of the procedure. Overnight care can be arranged if required, however with access to the latest anaesthetics and pain-relief options this is rarely necessary.