Surgical Referral Service
Our main surgery in Dover is equipped with extensive surgical facilities.
Combined with the knowledge and kills of our veterinary and nursing staff, this means that we can offer an extremely wide range of surgical procedures on-site, without the need to refer your pet to an external centre - so you don't have to worry about travelling far with a poorly pet if he or she needs an operation.
The practice is equipped with colour flow doppler ultrasound, a full set of flexible and rigid endoscopes and bronchoscopes as well as fixed and portable radiography (x-rays) so we can get a really good look at the problem. Our on-site lab means that we can have blood and urine test results turned around within minutes and at a lower cost to you than sending them away. We also have full facilities for microsurgery (such as delicate eye operations), cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen) and CO2 laser surgery. We prefer to see surgical cases right through to recovery and will provide postoperative care including physiotherapy and magnetic resonance therapy if appropriate.
Providing our own 24-hour emergency service means that we're here when you need us - even if your pet needs major surgery overnight or at the weekend. We can deal with everything from caesarian sections to road traffic accidents to gastric torsions, whatever time of day or night, right here in east Kent.
Some examples of what's been keeping our operating theatres busy recently:
Repairing a variety of injuries following road accidents or falls
Fixing a range of broken limbs using pins, screws and external fixators
Fixing other broken bones including broken wings, jaws and pelvises
Investigating mobility problems involving joints including intra-articular therapy
Remodelling damaged joints including knee and hip surgery
Repair following other injuries including repairing ruptured cruciate and wing ligaments
Neutering a wide range of species - as well as dogs, cats and rabbits, we have neutered (spayed, gelded, castrated or vasectomised) smaller - and larger - pets including ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, tortoises, lizards and horses
Removing various "foreign bodies" from anywhere they shouldn't be - including grass seeds, sticks, toys, socks, balloons, tinsel, coins and many more from paws, throats, guts, ears, eyes or under the skin in any area - often using endoscopic guidance
Abdominal surgery including correction of gastric torsions/GDVs, splenectomies and removal of malignant, cancerous or benign growths
Chest surgery including punctured lungs and tracheas
Reproductive surgery including caesarian sections and pyometra operations (removal of an infected uterus)
Delicate surgery on eyes using our state-of-the-art operating microscope
You don't need to just take our word for it - to hear some of the patients' stories, click here.
Updated 10/08/12 hp