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What to expect on the day of surgery

Surgery is stressful for your companion animal and you. At our Vet Surgery Coalville, we go the extra mile to prepare you both, aided by our friendly and expert veterinary nursing team.


If you need to book your pet in for surgery:

Phone us on 01530 836654 to make an appointment.
We perform operations of all types Monday to Friday in the mornings (except in emergencies).
Admissions are usually by appointment between 8.00am and 8.30am.
We’ll provide you with a pre-operative instruction sheet that tells you all you need to do before the procedure.


Your companion’s best interests are our interests

One of our veterinary nurses will admit your pet, check records and weight and place them in our kennel area: we keep dogs, cats and small animals separate to keep the experience as stress free as possible.

For surgery under general anaesthesia (GA), our nurses will ask if you’d like a blood test to check your pet’s liver and kidneys are working normally. We recommend using intravenous fluids to offset the strain of GA on vital organs – and depending on the procedure and the anaesthetic regime, we may give your pet a sedative to prepare them for GA.
We’ll also check whether you’d like any routine tasks like nail clipping or microchipping done while they’re under.
Once surgery is over, we’ll text you and as soon as your pet has recovered from the anaesthetic we’ll call you to arrange a collection time.


It’s all about best practice…

… and that means we perform ‘aseptic surgery’ for routine operations such as neutering. This prevents the need for antibiotics, reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance for your pet should they need such therapy in the future. In cases where we don’t administers painkilling injections on the day of surgery, we’ll provide you with painkillers to use at home for a few days after the op.

Care doesn’t stop there: on discharge, we’ll book your pet in for a post-operative check-up – usually two to five days after the procedure and then again at 10 to 14 days for stitch removal by one of our nursing team. We’ll also give you an information sheet explaining the extra care steps and any warning signs to watch for.

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