As a general rule we are in favour of neutering dogs, cats
and rabbits who are not going to be bred from but we like
to discuss the pros and cons of this decision with every pet
owner before booking an animal in for surgery. This discussion
may happen at the time of initial vaccination of a new pet
or at an adolescent clinic with one of our veterinary nurses
or you may book an appointment with a vet, specifically to
discuss this issue, if you wish.
Having made the decision to have an animal neutered we will
book a date for you. We carry out these operations every week
day at our Henley surgery and we will book you an early morning
admission appointment for that day, ideally between 8.00 and
9.00am. Your pet must have nothing to eat for at least 12
hours prior to admission but should have access to water right
through the night. On admission the patient is weighed and
receives a thorough pre-anaesthetic examination before being
premedicated and settled in to a comfortable kennel.
After surgery the patient is monitored closely during the
recovery period and, when awake enough to stand, will be taken
back to his or her kennel and into the care of the ward nurse.
You will be asked to phone at a specified time in the afternoon
and by then we can usually predict when the patient will be
awake and mobile enough to go home. We will make you a discharge
appointment so that a nurse can run through post-operative
care with you and answer any questions you may have. There
will normally be two post-operative appointments, one 2 to
3 days after the operation and the other a week or so later.