Facilities

 

Operating

 

Surgical procedures can be booked at either our Chobham or Chertsey surgeries, as we have fully equipped sterile operating theatres, with separate preparation areas at both sites. Our vets are experienced over a wide range of procedures and you can be assured of the excellence of their standards. Assisting the vets is a team of highly competent and experienced veterinary nurses who will also care for your pet before, during and on recovery from any procedure.

Anaesthesia

 

The prospect of your pet requiring an anaesthetic can be a worrying time for any owner. At this practice we adopt the highest standards in anaesthesia protocol to help ensure a safe and stress-free outcome for your pet.
 

If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s care during a surgical procedure, or the procedure itself, then please speak to one of our vets or nurses who will be happy to help.

Hospitalisation

 

If your pet requires overnight care it will be hospitalised at our main branch in Chobham. Here your pet will receive the highest levels of care from our team of vets and nurses. The vet in charge of your case will keep you informed throughout, and of course you are more than welcome to telephone the surgery and speak to the kennel nurse caring for your pet.

When a pet is hospitalised over-night the level of monitoring the pet receives during the night is determined by that animal’s specific medical requirements. Each animal is assessed individually on its particular needs and a treatment plan devised, this may include monitoring checks during the night, or 24-hour constant monitoring.

Full hospitalisation charts detailing the medications received, nursing care, examinations, diagnostics undertaken etc are kept for each animal. 

Owner visits to hospitalised pets are encouraged in most cases. Please ask to speak to the kennel nurse if you would like to discuss this, or any aspect of your pet’s care.

Laboratory

 

The practice is equipped with an in-house laboratory, enabling us to greatly decrease the time you wait for results of, for example, many blood and urine tests. We use the latest technology in wet chemistry analysers, resulting in reliable data for use in your pet’s diagnosis. Furthermore, our laboratory also allows us 24-hour access to test equipment, vital if your pet attends the surgery as an out-of-hours emergency.

Diagnostic imaging

 

Ultrasonography, radiography (x-rays) and endoscopy are all available at the practice to allow our vets the opportunity to view inside the body of your pet without using surgery. These non-invasive techniques can be used to diagnose a great many conditions and of course are much kinder to your pet.

Ultrasonography

 

Here the vet uses an ultrasound probe over your pet’s body. This creates an image on a monitor that allows the vet to see inside your pet. This is particularly useful for looking at small areas of soft tissue such as the body organs. As the image created is moving and viewed in real time, the vet can see, for example, the heart as it beats.
 
Ultrasound examinations are pain-free and can usually be performed without sedation or anaesthesia, depending on the condition and the temperament of the animal. In order for this to be performed the vet will need to shave an area of fur, to allow good contact between the probe and your pet’s body.

Radiography (x-rays)

 

This technique uses x-rays to create an image of the inside of your pet. Although it is a pain-free technique, it is very important that your pet remains completely motionless in whichever positions we need to place them. For this reason we usually need to sedate or anaesthetise your pet.
 
In order to keep anaesthetics as short as possible, and to allow the highest quality images to be produced, the practice uses digital radiography. This means the image is produced on a computer screen within seconds. Digital radiography also has the added advantage that we can e-mail the image to specialist consultants for immediate further diagnosis if this is required.

Endoscopy

 

An endoscope is a long tube-like piece of equipment with a camera at the end. It can be inserted into your pet eg via the mouth, and enables the vet to view areas inside your pet such as the stomach or lungs.
 
Although not painful, endoscopy may be a little uncomfortable, and it is important that the animal does not bite down on an endoscope placed in the mouth. For this reason sedation or anaesthesia is always used for endoscopic procedures.

Acupuncture


We are very please to be able to offer acupuncture in addition to the more conventional therapies available here.  Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain relief, but can also help the body deal with other diseases.  It works through the nervous system to block pain messages, and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers.

Animals generally tolerate the fine needles very well- we rarely need any sedation.  Some dogs are happier coming here when they have been having acupuncture than they were beforehand!  Cats and rabbits often accept acupuncture surprisingly well, and can show a very good response to treatment too.

A typical treatment course would be once weekly for 4 weeks, then repeat sessions at lengthening intervals depending on how long the response lasts.  Most of our longer term clients know when top-up sessions are needed- their pet tells them!

Acupuncture is very safe, in the right hands. On animals, legally it must be performed by a Veterinary Surgeon.  There are a very few cases where we would be cautious about using acupuncture, but all cases are individually assessed.

If you’d like further information on acupuncture for your pet, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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