Surgery & Anaesthesia
The primary care can offer a wide range of surgical procedures for your pet when they are needed. These procedures are performed by our experienced General Practitioners or our Canine and Feline Specialist who will look for the well being of your pet before, during and after the procedures.
Previous to any procedure and previous to sedation or anesthesia, our primary care veterinarians will do a physical exam and in some occasions a blood test, urine tests, radiographs or ultrasounds to ensure your pet is healthy, stable or capable of coping with the procedures planned.
Sedation is generally shorter and does not reach as deep a level as general anesthesia. We will use sedation in some occasions where we do not need that depth of anesthesia or/and when only or mostly need stress free and pain free retraining of your pet. With this approach, we safeguard your pet’s welfare and avoid unnecessary distress or pain during manipulation for procedures such as CTs, taking ultrasounds, radiographs or performing any other less invasive procedures.
A primary care veterinarian will administer your pet intravenous and gaseous drugs in order to carry out procedures that need your pet to be in a deeper anesthetic level to perform surgical procedures. Our primary care veterinarians will supervise and monitor your pet reading vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen saturation and electrocardiography amongst others. That way we will be able to modify the drugs we are using or to respond to a potential complication. Surgical procedures that our primary care veterinarians perform include from regular routine de-sexing of male and female dogs and cats to more complex surgeries where body cavities are entered. An example of simple and more difficult surgeries without listing all the numerous surgeries we can perform include simple dental or difficult extractions, wound suturing, cesarean sections, uterine infection surgery called pyometra, skin mass removals, intra-abdominal mass removals, foreign body removals in stomach or intestines, less complex eye or ear surgeries such as eyelid masses, lacerations or ear hematomas, polypoid removals, less complex orthopedic surgeries including patella luxations, femoral head and neck excisions, extra-capsular cruciate ligament repairs, urinary bladder surgeries for stones removal and many more. You can ask your primary care veterinarian which surgeries they can offer and which ones are better referral options. Some of these surgeries can be more complex and we will encourage and advise referral. The decision for referral or not will be yours and decided on a one to one basis. We encourage the use of surgical and anesthesia specialist services when your pet will benefit from it and if it is within your financial limits. We will otherwise offer you the best possible solution within our reach.
We also perform less complex endoscopy services, biopsy sampling in many sites and organs and ultrasound guided aspirations and biopsies for laboratory assessment of cancer or other encountered lesions.
Consult with your primary care veterinarian for more information about our anesthesia and surgical services.