Radiography and ultrasound
X-Rays and Ultrasound are routinely used in the diagnoses of many conditions. The surgery has a high powered X-ray generator that produces high quality and reliable X-rays for the tiniest baby rabbit to the largest of dogs alike.
We also have an ultrasound machine that is capable of scanning and imaging all abdominal organs as well as the heart, including measuring the speed of heart blood flow.
Blood samples, urine tests and microscopic examination of blood, skin and urine help with diagnosis and treatment. The surgery has an in house laboratory service providing results in a matter of minutes even on weekends. The laboratory is also able to check electrolytes and thyroid levels which can be very valuable in reaching a diagnosis. We also have a daily courier for tests that need to be performed at a more extensive laboratory. Our laboratory services help us to provide timely and optimal information of your pet’s condition and potential need for further investigation and treatment.
We have a large purpose built surgical theatre, which means that we perform all routine surgeries on-site, including some non-routine procedures such as orthopaedic surgery. All of our vets are experienced surgeons and we aim to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our priorities are to ensure that the anaesthetic is safe and that the pet experiences minimal pain during any intervention. We use only the safest available anaesthetics. Pain relief is very important and we give many post-operative patients an additional strong painkiller before they are discharged in the afternoon. We have separate dog and cat wards which helps to reduce the stress particularly for our feline patients.
We understand how worrying surgery can be for owners so we have a complimentary 15 minute pre-operative appointment with a vet to admit the patient. This appointment is used to examine the pet and explain the procedure as well as to provide an estimate of costs and to answer any questions and concerns that you as the owner may have. We recommend a blood sample for all animals over 8 years of age and animals in a high risk category. (This can be taken on the morning of the procedure).
Animals are typically admitted between 9am and 10am and stay with us until between 4-5pm. We normally ask that owners call us around 2-4 pm to get an update on the procedure and to discuss a time for discharge. A post-operative information sheet is always provided, but if there are ever any questions then call us at the surgery and we will be delighted to assist.
If your pet requires overnight hospitalisation we would transfer them toStreatham Hill Veterinary Surgery where we have a vet and nurse living on site to provide optimal care.
If the patient's condition is critical and requires more intensive out-of-hours monitoring we will advise that your pet is moved to our dedicated 24 hour emergency centre Foxgrove Veterinary Centre in Beckenham.