Pre operative Instructions for your Dog

Your dog has been booked in to come to Cherry Tree Vets for a sedation or anaesthetic. Most pets will stay in for the day and return home the same evening, however if we think it necessary for closer monitoring or extra pain relief we may recommend that your dog stays overnight. We will feed your pet once they wake up so if they have any special dietary requirements please let us know on the day, or bring a meal with you for them. 

All pets in this practice are anaesthetised with the safest and most modern veterinary anaesthetics as standard, therefore reducing risks to a minimum.   Please expect some areas of your pet to be shaved to allow medication to be given and monitoring equipment to be used. Please ensure that your dog has been treated with a lungworm treatment 5-7 days prior to admission. If you are unsure about this please ask.

To ensure that your dog is ready for admission, and procedures run smoothly on the day please follow the following instructions unless specifically told otherwise.


No food should be given after 9pm the evening before surgery. Water should be available overnight and taken away by 7.30am on the morning of admission.  This is very important to prevent regurgitation under sedation or anaesthetic. 

Before any anaesthetic or surgical procedures can begin we must, by law, have a consent form completed. This will need to be signed by the owner or an agent acting on the owner’s behalf, but they must be over the age of eighteen. 

You may want to consider your dog having a pre-operative blood profile performed immediately prior to surgery, to establish any underlying conditions that may affect our choice of anaesthetic.  We especially recommend this for pets over 8 years of age.  The cost of this is £45.

We will require a contact number where we can reach you all day, or if you are unavailable an agent who can act on your behalf. We need this just in case we have to speak to you about treatment, or we find something unexpected and require your permission to act upon it.
Please phone the surgery between the hours of 3-4pm on the day of the treatment. We will then be able to tell you how your pet is and at what time your he or she will be ready for collection.  A post operative care sheet will be given to you when you collect him or her from the surgery.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PAYMENT IS DUE WHEN YOUR PET IS COLLECTED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DIRECT INSURANCE CLAIM PLEASE BRING US A SIGNED, COMPLETED CLAIM FORM WHEN YOU COME TO COLLECT.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01494 883443