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Care Sheet

General Care Of Your Pet Following A Procedure

Your pet  will be sleepy for the remainder of the day and overnight. Keep them in a quiet, darkened room with fresh water available. Offer a light meal in the evening – scrambled egg, chicken or white fish.  If they do not want to eat at first, do not worry.

If your pet has had an operation that requires stitches or skin staples, please ensure that he/she does not lick at them, as this will make the wound sore and may introduce infection, besides loosening and possibly removing some or all of the stitches. If you are unable to stop them  licking, please ring for advice. Plastic collars are available to prevent your pet from reaching the wound and in cases where we know they are likely to damage themselves, your pet will be sent home with one already fitted and charged to your account. Otherwise, if you wish to purchase a collar at the time of collection, please ask at reception.

Areas of clipped hair on the legs are where an intravenous cannula was placed for administration of medication, anaesthetic drugs and/or intravenous fluids. The hair should grow back within one to two months. Your pet has received a gaseous anaesthetic via an endotracheal tube so may cough for a few days.

It is often difficult to clean the coats of animals satisfactorily immediately following surgery. It is best and most easily done when the animal is fully recovered and the coat is dry and can be brushed out.

Cage rest or small room rest may be necessary in the immediate postoperative period. The Veterinary Surgeon will discuss this with you, but as a general rule of thumb, if a surgical operation has been performed, cage rest will be necessary for small dogs and cats, and larger dogs should be confined in a small room with no opportunity to jump. Getting onto furniture, stairs and rough play must not be allowed.

Dogs may be taken into the garden on the lead to do their business.

Postoperative visits: You will be asked to visit your own Veterinary Surgeon in two to three days to have the wound and any dressing checked.

An initial postoperative check here, two weeks after the operation, is included in the fee. We may remove staples or stitches at this visit or you can have them removed by your own vet.

Additional costs: Any extra drugs dispensed during the recovery period will be charged to your account, and if there is any requirement for further investigation or surgery, e.g.postoperative x-rays or implant removal, these will also be charged for.

Dressings: Some operations, especially on limbs and open wounds, require dressings which need changing regularly. As this is difficult to estimate in advance (each case is different) this will also result in extra cost. It may be possible for dressing changes to be carried out by your own vet.

If you are concerned about your pet’s progress or the surgical site, please contact your own vet in the first instance, they will the decide whether you need to be seen there or at Dovecote.

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Clients have said
  • Whole team were welcoming and made myself and my cat feel very comfortable! Mark Lowrie is fantastic!! Thank you for coping with me as a worried owner!

  • Receptionists, physio, nurses and vets were all fantastic, every single member of staff is worth their weight in gold.

  • Everyone has always been so kind and Charlie absolutely loves his visits. The receptionists are particularly wonderful and are always on hand with a box of tissues for the numerous tears we’ve shed.

  • I had a very positive experience at Dovecote. I met the vet that day that was going to perform my dog’s surgery and I was immediately put at ease by his professional, friendly and caring consultation. All the staff I came in contact with were lovely, from the welcoming reception staff to the nurses I kept ringing through the evening! My dog is now back to her normal naughty self, I can’t thank them enough.

  • Lovely, caring staff, who go the extra mile. Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

  • Really good consultation with neurologist Sergio today with CT and MRI scan. Very well organised with helpful, professional staff.

  • I work as a registered vet nurse and had to come to Dovecote with my dog Alfie. I was squeezed in and was seen promptly by Sergio right after a long operation. He was so kind to Alfie and explained everything to my mom (who is not vet trained) and did Alfie’s MRI there and then even though it was going to make it a late finish. Unfortunately we had to make the call to put my lovely boy to sleep and Sergio and the nurses were really kind and helpful. I received your lovely card today and want to thank you all for your help and seeing him so quickly. I will be forever grateful.

  • The Supervets of the north!

  • Think ‘The Supervet’ and that’s the level of care and professionalism. Highly recommend

  • I just wanted to say how amazing Kimberly was today with me and my dog Rolo. She could see how upset I was, made me feel at ease and reassured me that Rolo would be okay. Her level of professionalism and kind nature helped me get through a difficult day


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