Surgery is generally conduced Monday to Friday and includes both orthopaedic (bone) surgery such as fracture repair and knee reconstruction and soft tissue surgery such as desexings, caesarians, lump removals, wound repair, ear cleaning, grass seed removal, bladder stone removal and abdominal surgery.
Most of our surgeries are day procedures but some pets need to be hospitalised overnight for optimal care if they require ongoing monitoring, pain relief, strict confinement or intravenous fluids.
Pain relief is very important to us and we use multimodal pain relief which may involve a combination of local anaesthetic blocks, epidurals, injections and take home medication. We aim to keep your pet as comfortable as possible.
It is important that your pet is not able to rub, lick or bite at any stitches as this can interfere with healing and can cause infection. The wound needs to be kept dry, so no baths or swimming until the stitches are removed. Pets should be kept quiet and should not be allowed to run, jump or play with other pets whilst they are healing as this can lead to wound breakdown, infection and fluid accumulation. Sometimes pets need to be confined to a crate or playpen depending on the type of surgery they have had. The sutures need to be removed in 10-14 days during an appointment time.
Consultations with our nurses can be made for nail trims, post op checks, suture (stitch) removal, weight management, dental checks as well as discussion about topics such as parasite prevention, food, puppy behavioural issues as well as general veterinary advice.