Surgical Procedures

Our Small Animal Hospital is well-equipped to perform most minor and major surgical procedures, from neutering to more complicated emergency, orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgeries.

dogPrior to surgery, you will have a short appointment with a nurse to assess his / her current health status and the procedure in question. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, we recommend pre-anaesthetic blood testing especially in senior animals. These tests not only give us a more complete picture of your pet’s health, but also allow us to tailor an anaesthetic regimen that is specifically designed for your pet.

We offer a wide variety of anaesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs, using state-of-the-art anaesthetic machines and utilising a variety of anaesthetic monitoring devices. To provide your pet with a continuous heat source during and after surgery, he/she is wrapped with warm blankets. We also use a heated operating table and a warm air filled blanket when we need to.

An intravenous (IV) catheter placed in your pet’s leg enables us to deliver medications and fluids during the surgical procedure and recovery period. Since most anaesthetic agents cause blood pressure to drop, delivering fluids enables us to maintain a safe blood pressure. The IV catheter also allows quick access to your pet’s circulatory system if an emergency arises and necessitates immediate delivery of life saving emergency drugs. All sedation procedures and anaesthetics are closely monitored by our veterinary nurses.

Pain management is an important part of our pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative anaesthetic and medical protocol. All surgical patients, including those undergoing routine procedures such as neutering, receive pain relief medication. If any on-going pain relief is required, we will discuss this with you, as well as any post-operative care instructions when your animal is discharged.