No food after 7pm, the previous evening and allow only a modest drink (if wanted) in the morning.
Please arrive between 8am and 8.45am
Please toilet your pet before arrival (dogs)

General Anaesthesia

Reception is open from 8am. to allow you to drop your pet off before work. We encourage you, if you wish,
to make an appointment to see the veterinary surgeon the day of the operation, to discuss in detail the
planned procedures. The vets begin consulting at 9am.
Prior to the administration of the anaesthetic, we shall weigh and examine your pet thoroughly to establish
whether there are any pre existing problems which might have influence over methods and materials used.
Some such problems, however, cannot be determined by physical examination alone and therefore we
recommend a pre anaesthetic blood sample, for all pets. The practice has a modern blood analyser for this
purpose and results are available within 15 minutes, allowing any adjustments to be made in the anaesthetic
protocol. A standard blood screen for animals under 6 years old costs £41.54. A more detailed analysis for
animals over 6 years old costs £50.95.

Please ask for further details.

As is routine in human hospitals, we can provide intravenous fluid support (a drip) for our patients. We
believe this benefits all pets and allows them to make a stronger and speedier recovery. You may request
this service on the consent form and this will cost £35.95.

The consent form
We shall ask you, or an authorised adult, for written permission to perform surgery on your pet. We make
time to guide you through the consent form so that we can explain any terms that you do not understand or
are worried about.

The procedure
It is the routine at Oak Tree Vet Centre that patients receive not only a sedative to allay any fear but two
analgesics (painkillers) as their premedication before general anaesthesia. Patients receiving sedation only
for investigations will have painkillers if appropriate to their condition. We have taken advantage of a new
product, clinically proven, to provide 24 hours of pain relief. Individual patients may need longer help than
the first 24 hours and there is an oral liquid formulation of the product for us to give for home use either at
our suggestion or at your demand.

We allocate each pet a pen within our day care kennels, which are situated within our central preparation
room. The pens are warm and sound insulated and each has a lightweight polyester fleece for warmth and
comfort. All animals are within sight of the operating team, allowing prompt intervention, if required.
Following induction of anaesthesia, all theatre cases are intubated to protect their airway and maintained via
a modern gas anaesthetic system featuring sevoflurance, the latest and considered the best
anaesthetic gas.

All anaesthetised patients are monitored throughout, by the theatre nurse under the constant supervision of
the operating surgeon.
All patients have their own set of operating drapes and instruments. There is never reuse of drapes or
instruments without them having been cleaned ultrasonically, packed and sterilised in our modern hospital
standard autoclaves.
Where the operation involves entering the abdominal midline e.g. in a bitch spay we make our abdominal
closure with modern absorbable sutures. This means that after a few weeks there are no “little nobbles” left
behind for the whole of the animals’ life as is the case with nylon sutures.
We are as flexible as we can be, regarding sending your pet home and we do not have to discharge animals
prematurely as we have ample comfortable accommodation for them. When you collect your pet we shall
give you full verbal, practical and where necessary, written instructions on post operative care.
In many cases we shall give you a mobile phone contact for us for the evening of your pet’s operation. This
will be recorded on your discharge sheet and may be used to speak with one of us in the case of any
unexpected development.

Care of surgical wounds
Wounds do not normally require any attention except for you preventing your pet licking excessively at the
wound or removing the stitches. We have both anti lick products and plastic Elizabethan collars (like
lampshades) for sale, to help you. We have to make a charge for re suturing wounds, often involving
another anaesthetic, if stitches have been lost as a result of a lack of supervision.
Contacting us if you are worried
Please phone us, on 539 7539 or refer to your written post operative instructions in the first instance. Please
have a pen and paper ready to write down the phone number if ringing out of normal reception hours.
Please do not arrive at the surgery without telephoning first
This will lead to delay in treating your pet as the veterinary surgeon may not be there to see you.
We know that even the most minor operation may cause you considerable anxiety. We shall keep you
involved all the way and we assure you that we shall give your pet individual and caring attention.
*n.b. all fees correct at time of writing. E.&O.E.

We know that even the most minor operation may cause you considerable anxiety. We shall keep you
involved all the way and we assure you that we shall give your pet individual and caring attention.

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