Surgery & Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia and Your Pet

In vet hospitals we know you will have concerns if your pet has to have an anaesthetic - so we will explain everything that will happen to put your mind at ease.

If you were to have an operation your doctor would order blood tests prior to anaesthesia. The same procedures occur in vet medicine. The results of these tests tell doctors - and vets - if there is any reason why we shouldn't proceed with an anaesthetic. If all is normal - fantastic - if not - we can plan accordingly.

We want to provide the best possible care for your pet so to make the procedure as safe as possible we will advise Pre- anaesthetic Blood Tests, for the following reasons:

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Check Blood Cells and Internal Organs are all healthy

·      Whilst the vet performs an ‘external’ physical exam, blood tests perform an ‘internal’ exam of red and white blood cells to help us identify any unknown disease or health risk before we administer an anaesthetic. For example, increases in white blood cells may mean infection or low red blood cell levels may indicate anaemia.

·      The tests results include levels of enzymes and electrolytes which show the state of internal organs; increases or decreases in these results may alert us to a disease state of an organ. For example, the liver and kidneys need to be functioning normally so the body can cope with the anaesthetic.

 Peace of Mind by Minimising Anaesthetic Risk

·      If all test results are in normal ranges then we can proceed with an anaesthetic confidently. If changes are present, we may alter our plan, take further precautions or it may be even safer to delay anaesthesia whilst we investigate further.

·      Anaesthesia will always carry a degree of risk but we want to minimise that risk for peace of mind – for you, your pet and for us.

Baseline Medical History for the Future

·      Test results will be filed so we have a baseline medical history for future reference. This way we can measure the future health status of your pet easily, follow your pet over its lifespan and be alerted to subtle changes.

·      In the early stages of some diseases, pets may not show external clinical signs so physical examinations don’t always find a disease state. Remember pets can’t tell us if or where they hurt!

Different tests for different pets, time taken and costs

·   Tests will differ depending on the age and health of your pet.

.   Urine tests are  performed routinely which also gives us valuable information.

Blood tests are performed in house with results in 15 minutes!

. We are happy to provide modern inhouse laboratory equipment so we can perform many blood tests on the day your pet comes in for surgery. We will notify you of any concerns.

. Similarly, if your pet has come in for a consultation we can quickly perform blood tests while you wait if we want to investigate matters further and need more information about your pets health.

. We have access to external Vetpath Pathology for a huge variety of further blood & urine tests as well as investigations such as tissue biopsies, parasitology, cell examinations and much more.

Surgery and Your Pet

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Just like in human operating theatres - all our surgeries are performed under strict sterile conditions. We have a dedicated operating room & all instruments & drapes are sterilised in an autoclave prior to use.

Your pet will receive a sedative prior to surgery so they are calm and not worried about all the activity around them. Our nurses take great care in ensuring your pet receives lots of cuddles while we prepare them for surgery.

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Once anaesthetised, your pets condition is constantly monitored by our nurses. We monitor their heart rate, breathing, blood pressure &  body temperature using machines just like in human surgery.

Animals, like humans, like to be kept warm during and after surgery so we use warm blankets, hot water bottles and even warm air machines that blow warm gentle air under their blankets, into their beds!


  We all know about Probiotics being important for gut health. The same is true for our pets. They also benefit from feeding and renewing levels of good gut bacteria.

So to help assist your pets recovery from illness or after anaesthesia (which can slow down gut movements) all our patients receive live Probiotics AND Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup!

All designed to boost gut health, be easy on the digestion, maintain hydration & speed recovery!


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