Here’s Penny the cocker spaniel (one of our staff pets) recovering well after her referral surgery at Veterinary Vision to remove extra eyelashes (distichiasis) and extra clumps of hair at the corners of her eyes (hairy caruncles).
Extra eyelid hairs are removed with a combination of cyrosurgery (freezing) and electrolysis to destroy the hair follices producing the abnormal hairs. The “hairy caruncles” which wick moisture away from the corners of the eye are removed by surgical excision.
All in all this hopefully means no more runny eyes!
Whilst we can provide most orthopaedics and soft tissue surgeries on site there are occasionally times when referral to an external specialist is required (specialist opthalmology, oncology, neurology and more).
We are always happy to discuss the best referral options for your case taking in to account your budget and transportation.
We are pleased to be able to offer soft tissue surgery for operations both routine and otherwise with the new state of the art Onemytis device.
The Onemytis uses revolutionary Airplasma technology to allow surgery to be carried out with little bleeding and far less trauma to surrounding tissues than conventional electrosurgical units. This brings many benefits such as faster healing, less pain during surgery (giving smoother anaesthesia) and increased surgical safety.
Anaesthesia is an essential component of surgery and something we use almost every day. Understandably, however, it’s something that pet owners often worry about – what are we doing to make sure anaesthesia is as safe as we can make it for all pets under our care?
All anaesthetics are monitored by either a qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon – you have a right to know who will be involved with any procedure your pet undergoes. With us you can be assured that this will be carried out by a professional.
Not all anaesthetic gases are identical – when your pet comes in for a procedure it’s worth knowing what will be used – a more modern agent is less soluble in body tissues so more of the drug stays in the blood and is transported to the brain (where it induces anaesthesia). This gives a faster induction, more stability, rapid control over the depth of anaesthesia when changes are required and quicker recovery.
We only use the most modern gas option for all procedures, routine or otherwise, and will always strive to do so as advancements are made. As an independent practice we are able to make this choice in order to put animal welfare before profitability.
Our primary anaesthetic circuit (the Humphrey ADE-Circle) and specially calibrated vaporizer provides smooth anaesthesia whilst allowing us to re-cycle warm breathing air in larger animals to keep their body temperature stable during surgery.
We also use capnography to monitor patients during anaesthesia – this allows us to measure the levels of carbon dioxide which your pet is breathing out. This brings a number of safety benefits such as instant awareness of any airway obstruction or hyperventilation.
If you have any questions about what’s involved with anaesthesia or what you need to do before or after bringing your pet in for a procedure please feel free to send us an email or give us a call.