ConsultationsWe have 2 spacious, well equipped consulting rooms, and offer appointments throughout the day Monday to Friday 9.00am to 7.00pm, & on Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. We allow 10 minute appointments per patient, & in some cases 20 minute appointments, e.g. for new clients, first vaccinations, blood tests, etc. We will always aim to make an appointment that is convenient for you, and with the particular vet that you would like to see (although it must be appreciated that this may not always be possible).
AnaesthesiaWe use the safest anaesthetic agents, & protocols available. All patients are monitored closely by suitably qualified nursing staff before, during, and after the procedure, & we use advanced monitoring equipment to measure vital parameters at all times. These are recorded on an anaesthetic monitoring chart. Prior to anaesthesia we offer to do a pre-anaesthetic blood test, which includes a full blood count, liver, & kidney function, & electrolytes. This is considered mandatory in older animals. We also place patients on intravenous fluids (“drip”), if necessary. Therefore while no anaesthetic is without some risk, you can be assured that your animals are in the safest possible hands.
Surgical ProceduresWe have a fully equipped operating theatre, with a variety of surgical instrumentation available. A wide range of surgical procedures may be performed by our experienced veterinary surgeons on a daily basis, & these are done in order of priority. Strict protocols are followed ensuring that all procedures are carried out in a completely sterile environment. Animals coming in for surgical procedures are admitted in the morning between 8.00am and 9.00am, & for most routine procedures they can usually go home after 4.00pm. Our veterinary surgeons are always prepared to provide you with a detailed estimate, and discuss any concerns that you may have prior to performing any procedures.
Dental facilities:Most cats, & dogs over the age of 3 years old already have some degree of dental disease, & many over 7 years of age will need some dental treatment. We are well equipped to perform comprehensive dental procedures, including an ultrasonic descaler, & a high speed dental drill, & polisher. We also have a dental X-ray machine, which provides invaluable information for many dental procedures (as in the case of human dentistry). It must be appreciated that all dental procedures in animals need to be performed under general anaesthetic. One of the most important aspects dental disease in your pets is how to help to this prevent this from occurring in the first place, or recurring once dental procedures have been done, and our veterinary surgeons and nurses will be happy to advise you in this regard.
Diagnostic procedures, & equipment:
RadiographyWe have a high intensity X-ray machine, & an automatic processor, which enables us to obtain good quality images on-site for the diagnosis of a variety of conditions.
UltrasoundWe are equipped with an ultrasound machine, which enables us to image most abdominal organs in a non-invasive manner. This means we can often make a diagnosis of various conditions affecting internal organs, without the need for exploratory surgery.
EndoscopyWe have a full range of endoscopes, including a small rigid endoscope, a bronchoscope, & a gastroscope, which are connected to a high-tech video monitor. These can be used to visualise the respiratory, & gastrointestinal tracts for diagnostic purposes, & obtain biopsies if necessary.
ElectrocardiogramThe ECG machine is used to measure the electrical activity, & rhythm of the heart. It is useful in diagnosing, & monitoring various heart conditions.
Blood pressure monitorWe are have a blood pressure monitor, & it is important to monitor blood pressure in certain diseases, such a kidney failure, hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid gland), & heart conditions.
Opthalmology equipmentWe have opthalmoscopes to enable us the detect abnormalities in your pet’s eyes, & a Tonovet device to measure intra-ocular pressure to diagnose glaucoma.
In-house LaboratoryOur comprehensive “in house” laboratory facilities enable to us to perform screening blood tests, including haematology (blood count), biochemistry, & electrolytes, & urinalysis. This allows us to diagnose conditions such as anaemia, liver & kidney disease, & diabetes. We would also usually advise screening for these conditions prior to anaesthesia, especially in older animals. Results are available within an hour.
Hospitalisation facilities:We have a light, & spacious kennel area, which provides accommodation for dogs, cats, & other pets in a warm, & comfortable environment.
We also have an isolation unit, which is used to hospitalise any potentially infectious cases. In addition, we have an incubator, which can be used to care for critically ill patients, & perform oxygen therapy if necessary.
All inpatients are constantly monitored by our dedicated nurses, who ensure that they are kept as comfortable as possible, & the veterinary surgeons ensure that the most appropriate treatment is given to them at all times. Therefore, if your pet needs to be hospitalised you can be sure that it will be cared for to the highest possible standards.
If clients wish to visit their animals in hospital then this can usually be arranged at a mutually convenient time.