Pre-Operations Directions for Dogs/Cats

Most surgical cases are treated as day care patients so that they may return home to you the same afternoon; however, occasionally it may be necessary for us to admit your pet to hospital overnight to monitor his or her progress, and administer any treatment, which may be required. You will be updated regularly on your pets progress and the cost if necessary whilst your pet is in our care.


No food from 7.00pm the previous evening. Water is permissible but must be removed on the morning of your pets operation.

  • CATS- please keep your cat indoors to ensure the above.
  • DOGS- please allow your dog to go to the toilet before being admitted.

For safety reasons all dogs must be on a lead and all cats must be in a basket (non-compliance could result in serious injury to you, your pet or others.

If you have any queries about the surgical procedure planned for your pet, please either ring or discuss it with the nurse at the time of admission If your pet is insured please bring your insurance certificate and an insurance claim form.

Finally, DONT WORRY, your pet is in good hands and our trained staff are there to see that your pet receives the best possible care and attention whilst in our hospital.

Admission Times:

  • Crossgates: Between 8am and 9am (at the side door)
  • Chapel Allerton: Between 8.30am and 9am
  • Dewsbury Road: Between 8am and 9am
  • Garforth: Between 8.30am and 9am


A nurse will contact you once your pet is recovering from its procedure, to inform you on your pets progress and to advise you of a discharge time. You will also be advised of the total fee payable at this time (please note that payment is expected at the time of collection).

Collection is normally between 1pm and 4pm but if you haven’t heard from us by 1pm please contact the surgery.

Post-operative instructions will be given to you at this point along with any medication and further appointments.

Full clinical examination

The wellbeing of your pet is our priority and all patients admitted to our hospital receive a full clinical examination by a veterinary surgeon. This is essential to help us ensure that your pet is healthy and no problems are detected that might affect the anaesthetic or sedation.

Intravenous catheterisation

To maximise patient safety, where appropriate, pets also have an intravenous catheter placed before their procedure. This allows us to have direct access to a vein during the sedation or anaesthesia. A small patch of fur is usually shaved from the patient’s leg to allow this catheter to be placed.

Pre-anaesthetic blood testing

Unfortunately, not all potential complications can be detected by simply examining your pet. We routinely recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing in all patients who are having either a sedation or general anaesthetic.
These blood tests are performed on the morning of the surgery using our in-house laboratory. They can detect problems such as diabetes, kidney disease and liver problems all of which may complicate the proposed procedure.

Older pets are naturally at a higher risk of these undetected problems. However young patients can have congenital diseases that can cause abnormal blood results despite appearing perfectly normal. Blood testing is therefore recommended in all patients before an anaesthetic or sedation but strongly advised in pets over 8 years of age.

Intravenous fluid therapy

Intravenous fluid therapy is essentially a saline drip and is strongly recommended for all patients having a sedation or anaesthetic. These fluids support the circulation by maintaining the patient’s blood pressure, help to replace any losses during surgery and help to keep the intravenous catheter free from clots.

Blood Tests and Packages Available

Basic Pre-anaesthetic profile: A basic test assessing the liver and kidney enzymes, protein level and blood glucose.

Comprehensive Profile: This is a more in-depth test. It assesses more biochemistry parameters and the electrolyte levels (salt and potassium) and is recommended for our older patient.

T4 test (cats) : Hyperthyroidism is a very common condition in older cats. They will often eat well, but lose weight and appear restless or hyperactive. If undetected, this condition can cause serious health issues, which can increase the risk of any sedation or anaesthetic.

NT-pro BNP (cats): Approximately 15% of all cats have heart disease. 30% of these will have no clinical signs of disease and no heart murmur. abnormal NT-pro BNP suggests that the heart has been subjected to abnormal stress or stretching and further investigation is often needed.

Lungworm Test (dogs)

Our team will be happy to discuss options with you further at your admission appointment.