If your pet requires surgery, you can rest assured that our team will work together to give your pet the best care and attention.
On the day of admission, your pet will be examined by one of our nurses in our consultation room and the finer details of the upcoming procedure discussed with you. Please don’t hesitate in asking any questions you may have regarding your pet’s procedure.
We do recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood test which may be done a few days before surgery or can be done after admission on the day of surgery. This is to ensure there are no other underlying conditions that could effect your pet during surgery. If indicated, we may alter the pre-surgery medications, fluids or the administering of anaesthetic.
After admission, your pet is connected to an intravenous fluid line allowing the rate of fluids to be controlled before, during and after the surgical procedure and mild sedation and/or pain relief medication is administered.
The vet will induce anaesthesia via a short acting intravenous injection, an endotracheal tube placed and your pet placed on oxygen. Anaesthesia is maintained by the administering of a controlled rate of a gaseous anaesthetic agent. One of our nurses will be on hand at all times to monitor your pet’s vital signs and their level of anaesthesia.
The surgical site is closely clipped, cleaned and treated with antimicrobial products. Your pet is then transferred to the operating theatre where the final skin preparation occurs to ensure a sterile operating field. Our vet/surgeon undergoes a thorough scrubbing of hands and arms before applying sterile surgical gloves.
Our team follows strict procedures in sterilisation. All instruments, drapes and other surgical equipment are sterilised in a “Stericlave” autoclave using heat and pressure indicator strips to ensure full sterility.
The surgical site is covered in sterile drapes. The first incision is made by the surgeon and the surgical procedure begins.
Recovery from the anaesthetic is closely monitored by the attending nurse, and generally within twenty minutes your pet will be sitting up. Fluids are maintained a little longer and pain relief administered as required. The majority of surgery cases can go home a few hours later. Post operate care will be discussed with you on discharge. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure an uneventful wound healing period. Please let us know if you have any queries post surgery and we are more than happy to recheck your pet if you have any concerns.
We perform a variety of procedures including cat fight abscesses and dog bite wounds (which are generally performed in our wet sink/ preparation area as they are “dirty” procedures), wound treatments and suturing, castrations, spays, lump and tumour removals, abdominal surgeries including cystotomies and enterotomies, and selected orthopaedic procedures.
There are times we may recommend surgery by a specialist and will discuss referral with you if this is the case.