As with human hospitals we have the facilities to care for critically ill patients in our intensive care unit. We also have an isolation ward for patients with contagious diseases.
With few exceptions, all animals anaesthetised in our hospital are intubated and anaesthetised with Isoflurane gas, one of the safest anaesthetic agents currently available. All animals are fully examined and assessed by our anaesthetists, as each animal gets an individualised anaesthetic regimen. Each animal is carefully monitored by one of our veterinary nurses before, during and after anaesthesia to ensure the safety of your pet. If your animal is over 8 years old, we generally recommend a Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Screen to ensure that they are in good health and getting the appropriate anaesthetic regime.
We have a highly skilled surgical team, who provide a full range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery to our clients. Our surgeons are always available before and after surgery to discuss all treatment options, costs and after-care. We strongly believe in the use of high quality pain relief for all surgical procedures and postoperative recovery and welcome any questions and enquiries you may have in this regard.
We have experienced ultrasonographers available and offer a wide range of ultrasound services. Ultrasound is a sensitive and non-invasive way of diagnosing many conditions and can be used to obtain biopsies without going to surgery. We can do pregnancy ultrasounds (from 21 days), abdominal ultrasounds, cardiac ultrasounds, Polycystic Kidney Disease testing and ultrasound guided biopsy of most internal organs.
Dental disease is a common and serious disease affecting dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents. Long standing dental problems can cause severe damage to the heart, kidney and other organs. If your pet is having difficulty eating, has smelly breath or the teeth aren't shiny and white, call in for a dental check up. Dental problems can be solved by a range of therapies including diet, teeth cleaning and dentistry under general anaesthetic.
Acupuncture and other alternative therapies are becoming widely used in veterinary medicine. Dr Daniel Richmond is a fully qualified veterinary acupuncturist. Acupuncture can be especially useful in cases of spinal disease, arthritis and nerve damage , but can also be used to treat a wide range of cases.
Trigger points are areas of muscle which have become irritated and have formed hard nodular structures or knots. They can be cause of local and referred pain. Palpation normally elicits pain, muscle twitching, pulling away affected leg and sometimes aggressive behaviour. They can often be the cause of chronic lameness in dog not responding to treatment for joint disease or arthritis. Treatment for trigger points evolves injecting the affected muscle with a variety substances to help release it. Trigger points are often treated at the end of acupuncture.