Modern anaesthetic procedure is very safe. At the surgery, anaesthesia is induced by giving an injection, usually in a vein in a front leg, of a fast-acting anaesthetic. Once the patient is anaesthetised a tube is placed in the windpipe and anaesthesia is maintained with a mixture of anaesthetic gas and pure oxygen.
Pets have the same problems with plaque, gingivitis and calculus (periodontal disease) as humans, but unlike us, do not have regular dental check-ups. If your pet has bad breath, difficulty in eating, pawing at the mouth or bleeding from the mouth, he/she is likely to need dental treatment.
The examination of blood and other specimens helps in the diagnosis of many conditions. In older animals a routine blood-screening test can be beneficial in discovering subclinical problems that are not yet causing overt visible signs.
We do many tests at the surgery and usually have the results in a few hours. We also use a specialised veterinary clinical pathology laboratory which provides us with a wider range of computer-assisted tests and histology service.
Facilities are available at each surgery for the hospitalisation of all pets. We prefer, however, to keep hospitalisation to a minimum as most pets prefer to convalesce in their own homes.
X-Rays are routinely taken to help with the diagnoses of many conditions. Radiographs help to speed up or confirm diagnoses and ensure more rapid treatment. All staff at the surgeries wear X-Ray monitoring badges which are read quarterly by the National Radiological Protection Board.
Consultation can be arranged with experts in Animal Behaviour, Dermatology, Cardiology, Orthopaedic surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Internal medicine and alternative therapies if required.
Passports and Certificates
If you plan to travel with your pet you may be interested to know that we can provide Pet Passports and various Certificates as required by the PETS Travel Scheme. Find out more about travelling with your pets.
Pet owners are fortunate that Britain is one of the few countries in the world which has well-established reputable and efficient pet insurance companies. We strongly advise all pet owners to insure their pets against expenses incurred through illness or accident.
Pharmacy and Pet Care Products
There is a large supply of medication in the surgery pharmacy, including some homeopathic remedies. These medications are dispensed under authorisation from the veterinary surgeon.
In addition, we maintain an inventory of pet care supplies which are available without prescription. This includes vitamins, nutritional supplements, shampoos, working medication and anti-flea products.
Special diets (e.g. low calorie) can be ordered in tins and bulk bags. The nursing staff are happy to advise.
Contact us for more info on any of our services, or how we can help your pet.