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Anaesthetic Information

The following information explains our practice policy about general anaesthesia

General Anaesthesia:
At this practice we use the latest anaesthetic agents Propofol and Isoflo, (depending on availability). These drugs are now used extensively for human anaesthesia. Animals anaesthetised with these agents go to sleep in a smooth and well-controlled manner and wake up more rapidly with very little "hangover". They have less effect on a number of vital organs including the liver, kidneys and heart.

Not surprisingly, as with most technological advances, this anaesthetic agent is more expensive than some of the older agents. We hope you're reassured that we are committed to the very safest anaesthetic practices. All anaesthetics carry some risk. We strive to reduce that risk to the smallest possible.

What we would like you to do:

  • Starve all animals from 10pm the night before admission.
  • Water can be available all through the night
  • Please ensure that cats are kept within the house, or in a confined area so that they do not obtain food by their own means.
  • Please give dogs the opportunity to toilet before admittance and ensure that they are clean.
  • Please bring your animal to the surgery between 7.00am and 8.30am.
  • If your pet is to be spayed please advise us when she was last in season.
  • You must tell us if your pet has not been well recently.
  • Ensure that all procedures requested are written on the anaesthetic consent form.
  • Ask for an estimate if finances are a concern.
  • Provide us with a contactable telephone number.
  • Clearly label all possessions left, i.e. Blanket, pillow, collar, cat cage, lead.

For your peace of mind we will phone you after your pet has woken up from his/her anaesthetic. Most pets will be slightly drowsy on leaving the surgery. They will need to be confined to a warm, quiet area and also fed a light, easily digestible meal, such as chicken and rice that evening.