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Procedures 

Surgery procedure

Surgical procedures

We have surgery facilities for routine procedures at all of our branches and our experienced surgical team at our Bridgend branch routinely undertake more complex and unusual. Surgical work is often performed in conjunction with a diagnostic investigation such as radiography or an ultrasound exam.

Our general advice prior to a procedure is to withhold food from 10pm the previous evening but to allow full access to water until first thing on the morning of the procedure. If your animal is booked into our Bridgend branch, please bring your animal in between 8am and 9am unless you have been given a more specific time slot. On admission, we will give you a time to ring us for an update and to arrange a time for collection (which will normally be between 4.00pm and 6.30pm). For all other branches please bring your pet in between 9.00am and 10.00am and collection will usually be between 4.00 and 6.00pm

This advice may change depending on individual circumstances and we recommend you check specifics in advance.

Anaesthesia

Did you know that the word anaesthesia comes from the Greek? It is a negative version of the word "aesthenai - to realise" and so literally means "to not realise" or "to be unaware of"?

We understand that you have concerns when your pet has to undergo an anaesthetic. A fully trained member of staff will admit your pet so that you can discuss your any queries. As with any anaesthetic there is always a risk but the modern anaesthetics which are now in use minimize these risks and assist with a more pleasant recovery. In addition, every animal undergoing an anaesthetic is thoroughly examined on admission, every anaesthetic is carefully monitored, and we have an array of modern anaesthetic monitoring equipment to hand.

Contact details

You will be asked to leave an up to date contact number. Please ensure you are available to contact if we need to speak with you and specify if this number cannot be used to report results etc.

Medications

We will ask you, on admission, what medications your pet is on and when they were last given. Please ensure if you are dropping off the pet for someone else that you have authority to sign on their behalf and are aware of the timings of administration of any medications. If your pet is on long term medication and is anticipated to stay with us overnight then you are welcome to bring the medication in for us to use (so we don't have to open a new packet)

Blood samples

We routinely offer pre-operative blood samples to animals over the age of 7 years undergoing sedation or anaesthesia and those that are unwell, but are happy to run them for any animal at your request.

We offer a range of samples from a very basic screening blood sample to check liver and kidneys are functioning prior to an anaesthetic or sedation through to more comprehensive profiles.  If we find abnormalities on a basic sample we will discuss these with you and may recommend extending the panel to one that is more comprehensive.

A basic pre-operative blood sample costs around £45 however we may advise in some cases that a more comprehensive panel is run instead and will inform you if this is the case and of the additional cost. You can decline a blood sample but please be aware that in this instance we may be unaware of underlying problems.

Your admission nurse will confirm whether you wish to proceed with a blood sample.

Intravenous fluids

Intravenous fluids are offered to animals undergoing longer procedures as well as those which are elderly or unwell. They are used to preserve normal blood pressure and organ blood supply and increase safety under anaesthetic.

Lump removals

In the case of a lump removal you may be offered histology. Histology is examination of a lump using a microscope by an external pathologist using special processing techniques to identify it. Samples are sent away for this and results usually come back in 7-10 days. Some samples (eg those including bone or requiring special tests) may take longer. Please let us know at admission whether you wish us to send your lump for analysis.

Clipping

Please be aware that surgery sites are clipped to allow sterile preparation of the area.

We will need to clip the hair over the abdomen and/or chest in order to get good skin/probe contact for animals undergoing an ultrasound scan.

We also clip for blood samples and placing intravenous catheters. Blood samples are usually taken either from a blood vessel in the neck or in the leg, catheters are usually placed in the leg.

Clipping can in some cases result in clipper rash.

Discharge appointments

Discharges are normally arranged for between 4.30 and 6.30pm (depending on branch). If your pet has a late anaesthetic, or if we have any concerns then we may wish to keep him/her in a little longer or overnight. We will inform you if this is the case. We will usually ring you between 2 and 3pm to confirm a discharge time but  you can ring us if you prefer.

Your pet will be discharged with written instructions relating to the procedure performed, post operative care and medication. Please ask if you have any questions relating to the instructions.

Buster collars

Alternatives are available eg body suits and comfy collars. Please let us know if you wish to discuss this although in some situations they may not be suitable.

Infectious disease

If your dog is coughing, please let us know in advance and wait outside to be called. We may advise you to delay your procedure if we consider that an infectious cause is likely. While we do our best to minimise risk, please be aware that some of our patients come in with fleas and coughs and we recommend that you consider treating your pet for fleas prior to admission.

Off licence medications

On occasion, medications may need to be administered which are not authorised for use in animal species. They are only used if their use would be justified both clinically and legally under the veterinary cascade and only under the veterinary surgeons' direction. Examples include human anti-histamines, adrenaline, various eye drops and other medications where no licensed veterinary alternative has been developed.

Estimated cost of treatments

Whilst we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, the costs associated with medical care and diagnostic testing can vary depending on an individual animal's medical needs and circumstances. It is often not possible to predict in advance all of the charges that may be incurred in the course of treatment, as a result, the final bill may be greater, or less than the estimate provided.
We will endeavour to provide an accurate estimate in advance and keep you informed of ongoing costs.

Please note that while the initial post-operative check and removal of the sutures are free, subsequent consultations and treatment of post procedure complications will be at an additional charge and are not included in your estimate.

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