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Medical Investigations

Medical procedures are difficult to categorise but we have a wide range of drugs, extensive equipment and highly qualified staff present to deal with a great variety of therapies for the majority of conditions.

We have listed some of the more common procedures that we deal with below.

Fluid Therapy & Intravenous Fluids

Often when animals become unwell, it is very easy for them to become dehydrated, especially if they are not eating or have tummy upsets! By placing an intravenous drip (usually in their leg) and using one of our many infusion pumps we can accurately correct your pet’s intravenous fluid balance, to help them to rehydrate at the correct rate.

Intravenous drips are useful in emergency cases like road traffic accidents, where fluids sometimes need to be administered very quickly, or occasionally very slowly, to help stabilise the patient.

Tube Feeding

There may be situations where your pet is struggling to eat; cats with jaw fractures after road accidents can be a common situation. By placing a feeding tube into your pet (either via the nose, or via the pharynx into their oesophagus) we can bypass their mouth and provide a very specific high nutrition to speed their recovery. 24 hour nursing care and special diets allow this critical type of feeding to take place speeding up the recovery of these high dependency cases.

Intensive Care

We have a specialist unit dedicated to intensive care (ICU), which allows very close monitoring of the poorly patient. The ICU allows us to supplement oxygen, thermostatically control the temperature and humidify the environment. Our monitoring systems mean that we can monitor temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, ECG traces, you name it! This allows us to administer medications and treatment 24 hours a day if necessary.

Blood Transfusions

Blood transfusions can be life saving! We have the facilities to perform blood type testing and transfusions on both cats and dogs. These require intensive monitoring and facilities as they are invariably critical cases. We also have a loyal bank of clients whose pets are happy to donate blood! If you would like your pet to join our life saving team of pet blood donors, please contact our nursing team to discuss and register them. Your pet could help save lives!

Chemotherapy

Cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets is becoming a rapidly expanding area of knowledge . Whilst some cancers respond better to surgery or radiotherapy, a number of them respond better to chemotherapy, or medical treatment. Chemotherapy medications require the staff to wear protective clothing, special facilities, and strict disposal of the administration equipment to ensure the safety of both staff and animals. Although this may sound scary, we find many animals that undergo chemotherapy tolerate it extremely well, and allow us to successfully treat them, whilst maintaining a happy and healthy quality of life for them.

Chest Drainage

There are some situations where your pet may need to have a chest drain placed (e.g. infection in the chest, after a car accident).  Chest drains allow us to remove blood, fluid, air or pus that may have built up in the chest cavity allowing your pet to breathe more freely. They also allow us to flush the chest cavity, and can even be used to pass medication through into the chest. This is obviously an intensive care situation and needs constant monitoring – our 24 hour nursing team undertake such care under the guidance of our Veterinary Surgeons.