Surgery & Anaesthesia

In vet hospitals we know you will have concerns if your pet has to have an anaesthetic - so we will explain everything that will happen to put your mind at ease. We want to provide the best possible care for your pet to make the procedure as safe as possible.

Therefore before any surgery we perform Pre- anaesthetic Blood Tests. If you were to have an operation your doctor would order blood tests prior to anaesthesia. The same procedures occur in vet medicine. The results of these tests tell doctors - and vets - if there is any reason why we shouldn't proceed with an anaesthetic. If all is normal - surgery will proceed- if not - we may postpone surgery until we have dealt with the issue uncovered.

Pre-anaesthetic blood tests are used to check that Blood Cells and Internal Organs are all healthy.

  •       Whilst the vet performs an ‘external’ physical exam, blood tests perform an ‘internal’ exam of red and white blood cells to help us identify any unknown disease or health risk before we administer an anaesthetic. For example, increases in white blood cells may mean infection or low red blood cell levels may indicate anaemia.

  •       The tests results include levels of enzymes and electrolytes which show the state of internal organs; increases or decreases in these results may alert us to a disease state of an organ. For example, the liver and kidneys need to be functioning normally so the body can cope with the anaesthetic.

  •      Test results will be filed so we have a baseline medical history for future reference.

  •      Blood tests are performed in house with results in 15 minutes!

  •      We have access to external Vetpath Pathology for a huge variety of further blood & urine tests as well as investigations such as tissue biopsies, parasitology, cell examinations and much more.

Just like in human operating theatres - all our surgeries are performed under strict sterile conditions. We have a dedicated operating room & all instruments & drapes are sterilised in an autoclave prior to use.

Your pet will receive a sedative prior to surgery so they are calm and not worried about all the activity around them. Our nurses take great care in ensuring your pet receives lots of cuddles while we prepare them for surgery.

Once anaesthetised, your pets condition is constantly monitored & recorded by our nurses, including:

  • Heart rate

  • Respiratory rate

  • Oxygen levels

  • Blood pressure

  • Body temperature

  • Depth of anaesthesia

  • Intravenous fluids

  • Anaesthetic & surgery time

 

Animals, like humans, like to be kept warm during and after surgery so we use warm blankets, hot water bottles and even warm air machines that blow warm gentle air under their blankets, into their beds!

Surgery Offered

  • Sterilisations

  • Mass removal

  • Traumatic Injury repair

  • Eye surgery

  • Dental Surgery

  • Injury Rehabilitation

  • Orthopaedic Surgery (minor)

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