Routine Surgery

 

Our team of vets is very experienced in the most common surgical procedures. Some of the routine and soft tissue surgeries include spays and neuters, tumour removal, and abdominal surgery. These are performed under the safest possible anaesthetic with the utmost attention to patient monitoring, including the heart, lungs, carbon dioxide level, anaesthetic agent level, temperature and blood pressure.

Your pet will have a surgical nurse who will monitor him or her throughout the process; from anaesthesia, through the surgical procedure and during the recovery from anaesthesia, until they are sitting up. If necessary fluids will be given intravenously by drip pump and monitored continuously. Pain management is also a vital part of the process, both during and after the operation.

Once the operation has been completed and your pet is sitting up, we will text you, if you wish,  to let you know that all is well. An appointment will be made for you with a vet or nurse to come and collect your pet and discuss the next stage of care.

Please remember if your pet is coming in for routine surgery:

    • - No food after 8pm the day before surgery.
    • - Water may be left down overnight, but should be taken up by 7am.
    • - Please take your dog out for a short walk prior to coming in, but not so far that he or she gets thirsty, and beware of drinking from puddles.
    • - Keep your cat in the night before the operation, they are very likely to disappear just when you you want to put them in their cat box!

Webstory - Cat Spay: Charlie’s Day at the Vets

  • Charlie came to the vets to be spayed. She did not have any breakfast as requested! The nurses began by weighing her.

  • The vet gave her a thorough check over and a ‘pre-med’ injection to make her more relaxed. Charlie was then monitored by a nurse whilst the ‘pre-med’ takes effect.

  • Once Charlie had relaxed and the ‘pre-med’ had taken effect, the vet put a tube down her throat so she can be connected to the anaesthetic machine, and the nurse then monitored her temperature, respiration rate and pulse with the help of a capnograph (featured in the picture).

  • Another nurse then clipped away the fur and washed the area to make it clean for surgery.

  • The vet scrubbed up and prepared for the operation.

  • During the operation, the nurse continued to monitor Charlie’s temperature, respiration rate and pulse.

  • The vet carried out the operation whilst the nurse filled out the anaesthetic chart. Charlie also had another injection to stop her feeling any pain when she wakes up.

  • Charlie also had a microchip put in her whilst she was still asleep – this was then checked with a reader to ensure it works.

  • The nurse then cleaned Charlie post-surgery and made her warm and comfortable in the heated kennel.