2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
At animates we endeavour to provide the highest standard of care for you and your pet.
Your pet will generally have an appointment on the day of their operation where they will be admitted into
At this appointment, a vet or nurse will discuss the forthcoming procedure and any concerns you may
have. You will also be asked to read and sign a consent form at this time. We therefore request that you
allow up to 15 minutes when bringing your pet in for admission.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
Pre-Anaesthetic Information for Your Pet.
CATS AND DOGS:
Your pet should be fully starved. We therefore advise that your pet receives its last meal before midnight
the night before its procedure, after this time all food sources must be removed.
You should allow access to water throughout the night prior to the anaesthetic. On the morning of your
pet’s procedure your pet MUST NOT be allowed to eat or drink (unless otherwise instructed by the
vet). It is vital that you inform the vet or nurse if you suspect that your pet may have had access to
Dogs: Please ensure that your dog is taken for a short, lead-only walk in the morning so that its bowels
and bladder may be emptied.
Cats: Please ensure that your cat is kept in on the night prior to the anaesthetic.
Your pet MUST eat and drink as normal until you bring them in to the clinic. NO STARVING IS NEEDED. To
aid rapid recovery of your pet, please bring along a small bag of their normal food to eat after the
operation, particularly their favourite nibbles. Also bring in their usual drinking container.
Anaesthetic Optional Extras
Pre-anaesthetic blood test
•This test gives us vital information on your pet’s internal organs, in particular the liver and kidneys.
There are times when the liver and kidneys of dogs and cats may not work as well as they should, in
particular with middle aged or older animals, or in cases of disease. If these internal structures are in
the early stages of functioning less effectively, your pet may NOT be showing any signs of illness at
home, but this CAN be identified on a blood test.
•If your pet has a pre-existing problem and has an anaesthetic, this may further compromise your
pet’s internal organs. By performing a blood test we are able to greatly reduce anaesthetic risks by
giving supportive therapy during the anaesthetic as required for any identified problems.
•We strongly advise all animals coming in for anaesthesia be blood tested, but in particular those
animals over the age of 7 years.
Intra-venous Fluids (a drip)
THIS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANY ANAESTHETIC.
•By putting your pet on a drip they should recover from the anaesthetic more quickly and feeling
brighter. IV fluids help the body to eliminate anaesthetic agents more rapidly, thus allowing your pet
to feel better quickly. This is because the fluids will help maintain the blood pressure and blood flow
to the sensitive organs such as the kidneys. Another advantage of having your pet on IV fluids is
that they will have IV access should this be needed in an emergency, such as bleeding.
Sevoflurane (Anaesthetic gas)
•To maintain anaesthesia in animals we use an inhalation gas mixed with oxygen. This is taken in to
the lungs where it is absorbed into the bloodstream, and then travels to the brain. This causes
unconsciousness, relaxation of muscles and blocks pain. Traditionally Isoflurane was considered the
best veterinary anaesthetic gas, but recently sevoflurane has been licensed for veterinary use.
Sevoflurane enters and exits the body up to six times faster than isoflurane allowing a more
controlled anaesthetic and quicker recovery for your pet. Sevoflurane has been used in human
medicine since 1995 mainly on paediatric patients. We now have sevoflurane and can offer it as an
alternative anaesthetic gas for your pet, but unfortunately as it is a new product it does incur an
All anaesthetics carry an anaesthetic risk. At Animates these are kept to the absolute minimum by the
veterinary nurses. The nurses, who are overseen by the veterinary surgeon, have undergone extensive
formal training to ensure your pet is in the safest possible hands. We use up-to-date anaesthetic
medicines, which allow us to return your pet in a brighter and more alert condition, and these are also well
suited to the more elderly pets. During any anaesthetic procedure there will be at least one nurse present
who will be continually monitoring your pet. This ensures they have the lowest dose of anaesthetic
required and are anaesthetised for the shortest time possible.