Surgery & Procedures
We have modern facilities and many years of experience performing surgeries on small animals.
Our vets are trained in a range of operations from routine neutering to more complicated soft tissue or orthopaedic surgery.
Should your animal require a medical or surgical procedure to be carried out we provide facilities that allow for the very highest standards of care.
The theatre is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including multi-parameter monitors to measure blood pressure, oxygen levels, respiration rates and temperature as well as an ECG to trace the electrical activity of the heart throughout the anaesthetic.
Heating aids, such as heat mats, are used with every patient. Dental work and patient preparation are carried out in separate dedicated rooms to reduce infection risk.
In male cats and dogs this is called castration. In female cats and dogs, it is called spaying.
We are able to offer laparoscopic spay procedures in addition to more traditional techniques.
Keyhole surgery, otherwise known as laparoscopic surgery, is a form of minimally invasive surgery. It is considered by many to be the gold standard for neutering female dogs in particular.
Can every dog have keyhole surgery for neutering?
For very small dogs, if there is not enough space for our keyhole cameras and instruments, traditional open surgery is safer so this will be discussed with your vet to ensure the most appropriate surgery is undertaken.
For older dogs, who may already have early stages of disease in their womb or for dogs with confirmed disease of their womb, traditional open surgery to allow easy removal of their womb is advised.
We would also recommend open surgery in patients that are severely overweight, although, as with our traditional surgeries, a pre-surgical weight loss programme to reduce overall increased risk would be recommended.
On the day of the operation
On the day of your pet’s operation or procedure, you will first be seen by the nurse who will go through a few questions and ask you to sign a consent form.
Your pet is then admitted into a clean, warm kennel until they are ready to have their procedure.
The medication your pet receives will depend on the procedure involved. If they are having a general anaesthetic, they will first be given an injection called a pre-medication. It usually contains a pain killer and a sedative, which means they feel comfortable and relaxed.
When they are ready for their procedure, they normally receive an injection into the vein in one of their front legs to induce general anaesthesia. This means they will have a shaved area on one or more of their legs.
Once they are asleep they have a tube inserted into their windpipe in order to give them oxygen and maintain anaesthesia. Your pet is then monitored closely throughout their general anaesthesia.
Once the surgery or procedure has been completed your pet will be monitored until they are fully recovered.
We will then contact you to let you know how your pet is, and if appropriate to arrange a convenient time to collect him or her.