Anaesthesia & Surgery
The majority of our pets will require an anaesthetic at some stage in their lives and we have some of the most up-to-date anaesthetic agents and equipment which are all regularly updated, reviewed and serviced.
Many minor procedures can be carried out with sedation and local anaesthesia but when general anaesthesia is required your pet will be closely monitored throughout, ensuring a smooth procedure and rapid recovery. This is obviously better for your pet but it also ensures peace of mind for you, the owner.
For elective procedures in dogs and cats we advise that food is removed by midnight the evening before the procedure and water first thing on the morning of the procedure. It is advisable to keep cats indoors overnight as they are prone to hunting.
Rabbits and herbivores should be fed as usual with no restriction on water. We also recommend you bring their normal food in with them as it is important for them to eat as soon as possible after any anaesthetic.
You can also bring clean blankets and larger toys in with your pet as it will make their stay more comfortable if they have familiar things around them.
Please ensure your pets are clean when they arrive and allow your dogs to have a walk in the morning to pass faeces if necessary.
Your pet will be given a pre-operative health examination and you will be asked to sign a routine consent form. We will always offer the option of pre-operative blood tests which can be carried out easily and with rapid results from our in-house blood analysers. We strongly recommend this for older patients.
We feel it is important that you are as comfortable as possible with your pet’s anaesthetic. We will discuss any aspect of any procedure should you wish – all aspects will be explained but please ask if you are unsure.
We are pleased to report that we now offer Sevoflurane as an anaesthetic agent. This is one of the most up-to-date anaesthetics available and allows us greater flexibility when assessing the best anaesthetic for your pet.
We will contact you as soon as your pet has recovered from their anaesthetic. We know any anaesthetic is a concern to owners (we are pet owners ourselves…) but rest assured they will be looked after in the best possible way during their stay with us.
Like us, most pets will at some stage require a surgical procedure. The majority of our surgical cases are elective and afford a degree of planning but some unfortunately are not and require immediate attention.
It is understandable that we have concerns for our pets when surgery is required. Every effort is made to make your pet’s stay as comfortable and short as possible and to discuss and answer any concerns you may have. All pets are given a thorough health check prior to surgery and pre and post-operative blood tests can be carried out quickly and efficiently with instant results. All anaesthetics are closely monitored and recorded and your pet will have individual care until recovery. As soon as your pet is responsive you will be contacted so you can relax.
We have an experienced team of surgeons at The Ark who are capable of dealing with the most minor to the most complicated surgery. Some of our surgeons have special interests and every effort is made to keep up-to-date with the latest thinking via continual professional development courses.
Our surgical equipment is regularly assessed and updated and significant investment is made each year. All surgeries are performed in specific theatres and we have a team available 24 hours a day to deal with any situation that may arise.
Safety during anaesthesia, pain management and post-operative care are especially important.
Upon discharge we will discuss medication and advise you on your role in post-operative care. Collars can be provided and an appointment made for a post-operative examination.
We would always advise that if you have any concerns, no matter how small, you contact the surgery. Not all surgical cases will require general anaesthesia, many minor procedures can be carried out under reversible sedation with local anaesthesia and oxygen supplementation. This is often a beneficial option but all cases have to be assessed individually.
All surgical cases can be dealt with very efficiently and appointments for elective procedures can be made to suit you. For the patient the journey from consultation through assessment and diagnosis of possible surgical intervention is very important; speed thoroughness and the best of care are essential and this will always be treated as priority.
Please contact the surgery if you need advice on any aspects of the services we offer; we will be happy to help and advice is always at hand.
83 Town Lane,
Cheshire WA16 7HH
Tel: 01565 872035
Regency Way, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 8UW
Tel: 01606 810777
Mon: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Tue: 8.30am – 6.30pm (7.30pm at Northwich)
Wed: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Thur: 8.30am – 6.30pm (7.30pm at Mobberley)
Fri: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Sat: 9.00am – 12.30pm Northwich
Sun: 9.00am – 12.30pm Mobberley