Our veterinary team have a wide range of surgical experience, and can offer a variety of soft tissue, orthopaedic and ophthalmic surgical services. We also work closely with mobile specialist vets for more complicated cases.
Some of the surgical procedures we are currently able to offer include:
- Routine desexing (see the associated tab on desexing for more information)
- Routine dental procedures (see the associated tab on dental disease) - we are able to offer routine cleans as well as more advanced extractions for diseased teeth
- Lump removals and biopsies
- Basic stitch-ups and wound repair
- Basic eye surgery - including cherry eye repair, eyelid stitch-ups and removal of eyelid masses
- Enucleation - surgical removal of the eye
- Corrective BOAS surgery - for short-faced (brachycephalic) breeds, to improve their ability to breathe and overall quality of life
- Exploratory laparotomies - a broad term that encompasses the majority of major abdominal surgeries. Ex laps are commonly performed for reasons such as: removing foreign bodies, splenectomies, correcting twisted stomachs (GDV), investigating unexpected abdominal bleeds, etc.
- Certain orthopaedic procedures
Preparing your pet for surgery
We understand that bringing your pet in for surgery can be very stressful. Our caring and experienced team will endeavour to make the experience as calm and stress-free for both you and your furry friend as we possibly can.
To make the day run as smoothly as possible, we ask the following things of our clients and their pets:
- Please fast your pet the night before any procedure. They can have their dinner at their usual time (ideally no later than 8pm), but then please completely remove ALL access to any snacks or breakfast up until the time of your admission appointment. Water can be made available until 1-2 hours prior to your appointment.
- Please arrive on time with your pet adequately restrained (i.e. dogs on leads, and smaller pets securely contained in baskets or carriers). If you are running late or can no longer make your appointment, please call the clinic and let our team know as soon as you can. We will work to accommodate you or reschedule your appointment/procedure if necessary.
- Please make your veterinarian aware of any pre-existing conditions your pet may have, or any medication they may currently be taking. You are welcome to bring the packaging in for your vet to assess on the day.
Your veterinarian will perform a full and thorough pre-anaesthetic physical examination on your pet prior to surgery. We also offer a comprehensive pre-anaesthetic blood test to check the function of your pet's vital systems and tailor our medication choice pre- and post-operatively. Speak to our friendly team if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet's procedure.