Surgery and Anaesthesia

Our veterinarians specialize in a wide variety of surgeries and we are proud of our high success rate with minimal complications due to the high surgical standards that are maintained. Our procedures involve both routine in hour operations as well as after hours emergency procedures. Anaesthesia ranges from sedation with local anaesthesia to a full general anaesthesia depending on the procedure being performed. All animals are assessed clinically before either and are monitored closely from induction until they are awake and fully recovered. Standard protocols are in place but are adapted accordingly for older or compromised patients or those of certain breeds.

Daily routine procedures include sterilisations (ovariohysterectomies and castrations), both for private clients and for a number of welfare organisations, as well as soft tissue surgeries such as tumour removals and wound repair.  Other frequently performed surgeries include:

  • gastrointestinal eg. Foreign body removal, Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), tumour resection
  • hernia repair eg. diafragm, inguinal, umbilical
  • bladder surgery eg. bladder stone removal, urethrostomy, tumour resection
  • reproductive eg. Caesarian sections, sterilisations, vasectomy
  • orthopaedic eg. Pinnings, external fixators, mandibulectomy, amputations
  • ophthalmic eg. Conjunctival grafts (Dr Chrystel Conradie’s special interest and specialisation).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Must my animal be starved before surgery?

Dogs and cats must receive no food or water from 22h00 pm the night before an operation is due to be performed. An animal may be admitted the night prior to surgery at no additional charge to ensure he/she does not eat or drink. Exotic species such as rabbits need not be starved.

Does my animal need to stay overnight?

Neuters may go home the same day if they are sufficiently awake from their anaesthesia, which will be decided on an individual basis by the vet on duty. It is practice policy that all spays stay one night and may be discharged the following afternoon after 14h00.

Is anaesthesia a risk if my animal is old or sick?

Anaesthesia is a risk to all patients. Although the risks are greater with old or compromised patients, especially those with heart conditions or systemic illnesses, each animal is assessed prior to a general anaesthesia. Unfortunately, no anaesthesia is 100% safe and unforeseen complications may arise despite all efforts to avoid them.

 

Is pain medication given to my pet?

All surgical cases receive pain medication, including sterilisations.  The type of medication, dosage and the duration of treatment varies between surgeries.  Your animal will receive  pain medication that is relevent to the surgical procedure he/she undergoes.