Our vets have a wide variety of surgical knowledge and experience. We perform routine surgical procedures from Monday to Friday. These elective procedures include Spays, Castrations, Lump Removals, Dental Descale and Polishes. We also perform any number of non-routine or emergency surgeries 7 days a week if necessary. These surgeries can range from wound reconstructions to splenectomies, caesarean sections and fracture/cruciate ligament repairs.
For our elective surgeries, we admit patients into the hospital in the morning 8.30 am. We ask that you fast them from approximately 8pm the previous evening. There is no need to withhold water.
On admission the nurse will ask you a few standard questions to gauge if your pet is fit for surgery on that day.
We will discuss with you the importance of a pre-anaesthetic blood screen in order to detect any abnormalities that may complicate your pets surgery, and ask you for a contactable phone number whereby we can reach you at all stages throughout the day.
During anaesthesia and surgery your pet is monitored continuously by one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses. Depending on the procedure performed your pet may need an overnight stay in the hospital, but most of our patients can be discharged within the same day.
Our Vets/Nurses will always update you on your pet’s progress throughout the day, and arrange a discharge time whereby we can discuss all aspects of post-operative care with you. This includes advice on feeding, wound care, follow up appointments for wound checks or dressing changes, and suture removal. We will also discuss, in most cases, the importance of a buster collar to prevent your pet interfering with their surgical wound.
Some of the more common procedures that we perform on a regular basis include :
- Cruciate ligament repair
- Patella Luxation
- Fracture repairs
- Hip surgery
Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) is the most common orthopaedic condition found in dogs. It is similar to the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in people. The cruciate ligament’s role is to stabilise the knee joint. Unlike in people where it is normally a traumatic injury, the majority of ruptures in dogs are caused by degeneration and genetic factors. Dogs usually present with lameness and pain of one of their hind legs. Diagnosis is made by x-rays and a full orthopaedic examination under sedation. Once a diagnosis has been made, we will explain all of the available procedures and make a recommendation best suited to your pet. Surgical options available include lateral suture for smaller dogs and a TTA procedure for larger dogs.
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