General Surgery & Internal Medicine

General Surgery

We offer desexing for dogs and cats. In addition we perform a range of other surgical procedures. We also have trusted referral options that we can put you in contact with should your pet require more specialised surgical care.

We perform a preanaesthetic examination of your pet prior to any surgery on the morning of admission to the hospital. At the time we will discuss recommendations regarding any preanaesthetic blood or urine testing that your pet may require.

In hospital, we have a dedicated surgical nurse who will look after your pet from the pre-operative to post-operative period, including full anaesthesia monitoring with state-of-the-art veterinary monitoring equipment. Your pets vital parameters including heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, end tidal CO2, blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) are assessed throughout any surgical procedure.

Patient heating is imperative as this can contribute to complications during surgery and recovery, and so we ensure our patients are all kept at an optimal body temperature with a specialised veterinary warming unit.

The recovery period is where anaesthesia risk is the highest. We ensure this risk is minimised by having a nurse sit with your pet until we are satisfied that they have recovered well without complications. Pain management and control is also important, and we individually tailor multi-modal pain protocols to all of our patients.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet's surgical procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic.

We have regular access to a specialist anaesthesia service, with a specialist anaesthetist visiting our clinic twice weekly to assist us with those cases where there are specific anaesthetic concerns.

Internal Medicine

We provide a comprehensive in-house diagnostic testing service. Our diagnostic testing capabilities are:

IDEXX In-house Blood Testing

Urinalysis (Urine Specific Gravity, Dipstick & Sediment Examination)

Cytology (e.g. Ear & Skin work ups, Fine Needle Aspirates of Lumps & Fluids)

Survey Radiography (e.g. Thoracic, Abdominal & Appendicular Imaging)

For specific blood tests and histological assessment of various samples we will send specimens to an external testing laboratory. We also have access to a wide range of veterinary specialist consultants when required.

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