Surgery

It’s easier to prevent illnesses than to treat them. Preventative Care is vital and can extend the life of your pet.

Procedures

It’s a fact of life that like us, most pets will at some stage require some form of surgical procedure.

At Ark Vets we are blessed with an experienced team of surgeons capable of dealing with the most minor to the most complicated of surgeries.

Every effort is made to make your pet’s stay as comfortable and short as possible. 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 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.

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, some 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.

Upon discharge we will discuss your pets medication and advise you on your role in post-operative care to help in your pets speedy recovery. Collars can be provided and an appointment made for a post-operative examination as necessary.

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.

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.

Procedures: 7 Things You Need To Know

If your pet has been under sedation or anaesthetic they will likely need a little extra looking after, especially in the first 24‐48 hours of recovery. They may feel a little sleepy and have some discomfort, especially if they’ve had a major procedure. They will have been fully medicated with antibiotics and painkillers and you may receive further medicines to use at home for a few days. We’ll talk to you about your pet’s procedure, medicines, and their individual post‐operative needs. We can provide written discharge instructions to help you look after our pet once you’re at home. You can ask questions at any point.

Anaesthesia

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As with humans anaesthesia and sedation for our pets has an associated risk, but thankfully with modern technology the possibility of complications during your pets operation is very low.

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.

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 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.

All our anaesthetic agents and instruments are regularly updated, reviewed and serviced.

Anaesthesia: 5 Things You Need To Know

Your pet’s anaesthetic will be individually tailored to the health of your pet and the procedure your pet requires. Whilst there is a risk with any anaesthetic, we will use the most modern and safest medicines possible to minimise the impact of the anaesthetic on your pet.

Pre-op Preparation

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You can play an important part in your pets well being on the day of their procedure – and in their post-op recovery.

For elective procedures in dogs and cats we advise that food is removed by midnight the evening before any 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.

Some owners bring blankets and toys in with their 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about preparing for your pets procedure. We’re here to help you.

A member of our team is waiting to help with all your pet care needs!