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Admitting your pet for a procedure can be stressful. Don’t worry, we will look after you both!

Our dedicated team will hold your pet’s paw every step of the way while they are in the vet hospital. A safe procedure relies on doing ‘our homework ‘ first, to make sure we provide the safest conditions possible for your pet. Our aim is to get them home happier and healthier than when they came in!


What happens when you drop them off?

Firstly, we place them in a warm, fluffy bed and give them lots of cuddles and reassurance.

The vet will then perform a full head to tail examination of your pet, making sure there are no issues that may affect the planned procedure.

We then take a small amount of blood to perform a Pre-Anaesthetic blood test in our in-house analyser.

Pre Anaesthetic blood test

We have blood tests before going into hospital. It’s the same for pets! The test screens for changes that are not obvious on physical examination. It ensures the internal organs are healthy and able to cope with an anaesthetic.

Blood work is essential protection for your senior pets over 8.

As for our younger pets, a screen is a very wise decision. We never know if they could have an internal problem that would complicate a procedure. These results set a baseline, allowing us to track any changes that could affect your pet later in life. Tracking and early detection is a key part of your pet’s long term preventative health plan.

Once the blood results are processed, the vet will assess them and then decide on the best course of action. If everything is ok on bloodwork, we will send you an sms to let you know we will be proceeding as planned.

We will then administer a sedative which also contains a pain relief. This helps to calm your pet, as well as ensuring a smoother anaesthetic induction and recovery.

Intravenous (drip) fluid therapy

A catheter is placed into the vein and your pet is started on a drip.

During anaesthesia blood pressure drops. Poor blood pressure can lead to internal organ failure. A drip maintains blood pressure and flow to vital organs. It also makes for a rapid, more comfortable recovery . They are so much more clear headed and happier when they wake up.

Pain relief

All surgical procedures are painful! Your pets feel pain the same way we do, but often it’s difficult for them to tell us. It’s a clinically proven fact that pain relief speeds up recovery. At CCVH all pets are prescribed pain relief where appropriate. No one likes to be in pain and we don’t believe any pet should have to suffer when there are so many fantastic pain relievers available.

All of our pets recover on fluffy, woolen fibre, non slip bedding. This helps to keep them warm but also wicks away any moisture, keeping them nice and dry.

Post surgery-

Once your pet is in recovery, one of our team members will call you to put your mind at ease and let you know how everything went. At this time we will also make a discharge appointment that is convenient for you. Please feel free to call us at any time if you are worried about your pet!


When your pet is ready to go home from hospital, we will allocate a time to go through all medications and after care instructions with you.

We will go through all tests and xray results step by step, which gives you the opportunity to ask any questions- there is no such thing as a silly question!

You will receive a folder with take home notes, a copy of any blood results & xrays, as well as any specific instructions for your pet. It is important to follow the directions from your vet. We will schedule a revisit appointment for your pet so that we can check their progress and make sure everything is going well.