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Here at Rufford Veterinary Group we put your animal’s needs first. Whether it is routine neutering or a compulsory exploratory operation, we are here to do what is best for your pet.

We understand an operation can be scary for your pet and for you as an owner. Our objective is to treat every pet how we would want our own pets treating. Our caring nurses and our experienced vets will be there upon admit to talk through any questions you might have.

Patients for elective surgeries are admitted in the morning between 8-9 am, patients will normally be allowed home that same day depending on recovery time, this varies from animal to animal.

Surgeries may vary but the principle of preparing for surgery is very much the same, whether it is a sedation or an anaesthetic we need to minimise risks and for this reason we have some basic advise for pet owners.

Preparation for surgery

  • We ask that dogs and cats are starved 10 hours before surgery, this is to avoid the risk of vomiting or regurgitation under anaesthetic. Ideally their last meal of the day should be before 10pm.
  • It is advised that dogs have a small walk in the morning to give them a chance to urinate or defecate before surgery.
  • Ideally cats should be kept indoors overnight to ensure they are ready for transport to the surgery in the morning.
  • Pets are preferred to be as clean and as dry as possible for surgery.
  • It is advised that pets are collected by car or some other means of transport as pets can be drowsy after anaesthetic.

Upon admit we will require an owners/agents signature on a consent form before any procedures begin. By law the owner/agent must be over the age of 18 years of age. We also ask for a valid contact number to arrange a discharge appointment or to discuss treatment.

Please note that payment is required when your pet is collected. If you are unable to attend it is essential that you contact the surgery as soon as possible.

You can find our pre and post operative advice sheets under the Useful Information section on this website, they are available to download.

If you would like to follow a routine neutering from start to finish please click this link to our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ruffordvets/photos/pcb.1734721259892533/1734721146559211/?type=3&theater

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.


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Rufford Veterinary Group Limited is a trading name of Independent Vetcare Ltd
Company Number: 07746795 | VAT No: 115 1416 58 | Registered Office: The Chocolate Factory, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AU | Tel: 01225 481 520