Whilst laparoscopy (often referred to as key hole or minimally invasive surgery) is the gold standard in human medicine it is estimated that as little as 1% of suitable animal procedures are carried out in this way. We are one of the few first opinion practices in Surrey to offer these procedures and are extremely proud to offer this service to our clients and their pets.
We routinely carry out:
- Bitch spays (ovariohysterectomies/ovariectomies)
- Cryptorchid castration in males (undescended testicles)
- Liver, pancreatic and kidney biopsies
- Exploratory surgery
There are a number of advantages to both the animal and owner with laparoscopic surgery versus traditional
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Much smaller incisions (generally less than 5mm)
- Quicker healing
- Less tissue handling
- Quicker recovery time and reduced hospital stay
- Reduced infection rates
- Reduced blood loss
Laparoscopy has greatly improved the variety of surgical procedures that we are able to offer our clients. Please feel free to come in and chat to us if you are interested in how it works or if you think your pet would benefit from a laparoscopic procedure.
We have a modern ultrasound machine that enables us to image all areas of the body.
Ultrasound can be particularly helpful as many animals can be scanned without the need for sedation or anaesthetic. We routinely ultrasound abdomens and perform full heart workups.
Pregnancy scans can be booked and clients are welcomed to stay and watch.
Ultrasound is often an invaluable tool in making an accurate diagnosis and the variety of different probes that
we have at the surgery means we can ultrasound almost any size and shape of animal.
Our digital x-ray system has revolutionised x-ray taking and greatly reduces the time it takes to x-ray our patients. High quality digital images are produced on screen seconds after the exposure has been taken. Copies of the images are saved on-site and copies can be sent home with owners for their own records.
We have a variety of both flexible and rigid scopes that enable us to look into all sorts of nooks and crannies!
By placing a scope into the ear or nose we are able to see so much more than the naked eye and can take biopsy samples with minimal trauma and discomfort to the patient.
Our flexible scopes enable us to visualise from the mouth to the stomach and throughout the small intestine and aid us greatly in removing foreign bodies or obtaining biopsies for intestinal workups, with greatly reduced pain to the patient and shorter recovery times compared with open surgery.
In the UK, acupuncture for an animal is an act of Veterinary Surgery and can only be legally performed by a veterinary surgeon. Traditional Chinese Medicine describes all human body parts as being connected by channels known as meridians, and the acupuncture points are found on these. There are 12 major bilaterally distributed meridians and each meridian is linked to an organ. There are 8 extra meridians, which are not associated with organs, the most important of these is the Conception Vessel, which runs down the centre of the front of the body and the Governing Vessel, which runs down the centre of the back.
The most commonly used acupuncture points in animals are shown on the diagram. (please use diagram of acupressure points which is currently under vet services)
The specific effects of Acupuncture needling are mediated through stimulation of the peripheral nervous system (nerves in the skin/muscle) and neuromodulator within the central nervous system (messages sent to the brain and then the release of endorphins natural pain relievers).
The needles are well tolerated by all species.
Summary of Actions and Effects
- Pain Relief acute/chronic/musculoskeletal
- Visceral Pain and dysfunction i.e. Abdominal pain, Megacolon, incontinence, cystitis
- Pruritus (itching)
- Wound healing i.e. Acral Lick Granulomas
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Improved immune system
Typically each acupuncture session will last for 20 minutes and are generally very well tolerated by cats and dogs. We would recommend an initial course of 4-6 weekly treatments and then an on-going maintenance programme will be suggested depending on the individual's needs.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to process routine samples the same day, often within the hour. This facilitates quick turnaround times and aids in our in-patient monitoring and is especially beneficial to our emergency cases. We are able to analyse blood, urine and skin samples to facilitate a quick diagnosis for our patients. We work closely with several external laboratories for more complicated tests and aim to get most results back within 5-7 working days.