Operations & Hospitalisation
A pre-anaesthetic blood test may be recommended for older animals before general anaesthesia or sedation to check that this will be safe for them. Advice on whether your pet can have breakfast and if they should continue any prescribed medications will be given when they are booked in.
Typically dogs and cats are starved from the previous evening whilst rabbits and other small pets are allowed access to food as normal. Procedures are generally carried out during the morning and we can arrange to give you a phone call and let you know when your pet is up and awake.
An appointment will be made with either a vet or nurse to discuss findings and aftercare. Animals will often go home the same day, but occasionally we will keep them in for monitoring or further treatment.
To make your pet feel more at home during their stay it may be possible to bring in some of their bedding or normal feed.
We’ve put together some useful information about common blood tests used for diagnosis and monitoring including how long your pet needs to stay with us for samples to be collected, timings, and whether they need to be starved prior to testing. To view this information click here.