Our veterinarians perform surgery on a daily basis, including desexing, abdominal surgery, dentals and orthopaedic surgeries. We have two operating theatres and use isoflurane anaesthetic gas to keep your animal anaesthetised.
Desexing is recommended for all dogs and cats at five to six months of age. We can also desex rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see. Bad breath, tartar build up on teeth and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) are all signs of dental disease. We have a specialised IM3 dental machine that ultrasonically scales and polishes the teeth, similar to when we go the dentist.
There are a range of orthopaedic procedures that are regularly performed at Doyalson Animal Hospital.
What you need to know prior to your pet’s general anaesthetic
General anaesthesia is often needed to carry out procedures like surgery for your pet. The anaesthetic keeps them still and ensures we can provide sufficient pain relief throughout your pet’s procedure.
All procedures involving a general anaesthetic incur some risks to the patient, however we do as much as possible to minimise these risks, including:
Examination of each patient prior to anaesthesia
Administration of intravenous fluids to maintain their blood pressure and protect the kidneys
Careful monitoring of patients before, during and after the anaesthetic
Offering blood tests prior to the anaesthetic to detect any pre-existing conditions that may alter the anaesthetic plan or require delaying the procedure
Our pre-anaesthetic blood tests are offered for all patients, however with age, the likelihood of problems and risks of anaesthesia increase and therefore blood tests are strongly recommended at 7 years of age and older. Some problems may not be obvious on physical examination and are able to be detected on blood tests before animals become sick. For further information on blood testing click here.
Information to prepare you before your pet’s surgical procedure
Read what A day in the life of a Doyalson Animal Hospital patient is like here!