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Operations

We offer a full range of surgical procedures from cat neutering and dog neutering through to the most advanced life saving surgery.

Routine operations are carried out Monday to Saturday with patients admitted in a nurse appointment. Once admitted to the ward, your pet will be given a sedative to help them settle before their operation. Pain relief will be given to make their procedure and recovery comfortable.

You will be required to sign a consent form and we will keep you updated of your pet's progress throughout the day. A time will be given for you to collect your pet in a nurse appointment, when any post op care/instructions will be explained in detail.

Please note cats and dogs should be starved for 8 hours prior to surgery.

FAQs

What do you monitor for an anaesthetic?

Prior to any anaesthetic the patient will have been evaluated by a member of the clinical team, blood tests may have been requested and taken and any concerns addressed. Once asleep the patient is closely monitored with a nurse constantly checking a number of parameters and indicators of the patient’s status. We can measure blood oxygen levels; blood pressure; heart rate; respiratory rate; levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases in inhaled and exhaled air as well as the patient’s core temperature. These provide figurative indicators of the patient’s welfare which are used in conjunction with a number of neurological tests and checks a nurse carries out throughout the anaesthetic until a patient is fully recovered. So both modern technology and veterinary nursing/anaesthesia skills combine to make the procedure as safe as possible.

Why use more than one pain killer (analgesic)?

Each type of pain killer we use works in a different way and so a combination gives much better overall relief and is also longer lasting. Apart from making the patient more comfortable this level of pain control also reduces the depth of anaesthesia needed hence increasing the safety margin for surgery and anaesthesia still further.

What are you doing to reduce the risks of MRSA and other infections?

To gain our Veterinary Hospital accreditation we have to prove that we achieve the highest levels of hygiene and surgical excellence. This is an ongoing assessment and we are reassessed at regular intervals by an Inspector from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. To this end, our theatre is kept for sterile surgery only and is very specifically and thoroughly cleaned twice daily – before and after our main operating period. All who enter the theatre have to be correctly dressed in specific surgical gowns, clogs, caps, masks and gloves. The hospital and prep area are thoroughly cleaned daily and an isolation unit is present if any patient is suspected of being contagious. Many other aspects of infection control throughout the Hospital, including the choice of materials; the cleaning agents used and systems in place, all work together to minimise any risk.