Surgical Operations

Surgical Operations

We have invested in state of the art surgical facilities and anaesthetic monitoring equipment to enable our experienced surgeons to undertake the majority of operations and procedures here at Mulberry House.

ROUTINE NEUTERING 

Removing the reproductive organs to prevent unwanted pregnancies and future disease like cancer and infection.

  • Castration (removal of testicles) in male dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Spay (removal of ovaries and uterus) in female dogs, cats and rabbits

You can find more information on our neutering pages;

Canine Neutering

Chemical Castration

Keyhole Spay

BOAS SURGERY 

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome occurs in flat faced (Brachycephalic) breeds of dogs e.g. French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, Boston Terriers and cats e.g. Persians.

It’s a group of conditions which result in difficulties when breathing.

  • Narrow nostrils: reduces the amount of air which can be breathed in and out.
  • Elongated soft palate: the soft part of the roof of the mouth is excessively long for the length of the mouth and partially blocks the entrance to the trachea.
  • Small trachea: the windpipe is narrow meaning less air can be breathed into the lungs.

Signs that your pet may have BOAS include noisy breathing, loud snoring and gasping type breaths especially when it is hot or they are doing exercise.

Surgery can be performed to widen the nostrils and reduce the size of the soft palate. This will allow greater airflow into the lungs and make it easier for them to breathe.

Following corrective surgery your pet will be able to enjoy exercise more freely and their snoring should reduce giving everyone a better night’s sleep!

WOUND REPAIR

Dogs and cats are often getting themselves into scrapes while out on adventures! From barbed wire fences and stick injuries as well as fight wounds from other animals, our Vets will assess whether they need surgical repair and can perform this on the same day.

TUMOUR REMOVAL 

Tumours are abnormal growths of tissue that can occur all over the body. If you find a new lump on your pet the Vet may suggest taking a sample of cells to diagnose what type of tumour it is and whether it is a cancer that needs to be surgically removed.

ABDOMINAL EMERGENCIES; 

These are conditions where a pet is suddenly very unwell and needs immediate emergency surgery to save their life. Our Vets and Nurses all know exactly what to do in these situations and will do their very best to look after your pet.

STOMACH OR GUT OBSTRUCTION

When a pet eats something (they shouldn’t) which gets stuck in either the stomach or further along the intestinal tract, it causes a blockage so other food, liquid and gas can’t pass through.

The most common sign that a pet has an obstruction is continuous vomiting.

At Mulberry House Vets we have had to remove many foreign objects surgically including toys like NERF gun pellets, dummies, socks, pants, large stones and Christmas decorations.

GASTRIC DILATION AND VOLVULUS (GDV)

A GDV is when the stomach bloats and twists around itself. Once the stomach twists, it quickly starts to fill with gas, causing severe and life-threatening bloat. The only cure for a GDV is an operation to reverse the twist but sadly, due to the seriousness of the condition, even with treatment, some GDV’s are still fatal.

It effects large deep chested dogs like Great Danes, Newfoundlands and German Shepherds.

Signs include a bloated stomach and abdominal painvomiting or non-productive retching and drooling.

PYOMETRA (INFECTED WOMB)

Infection of the womb or uterus is a life-threatening condition which requires emergency surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries.

It occurs in non-neutered females usually 4 – 8 weeks after their season.

Signs of Pyometra may include increased thirst and vomiting. There may also be blood and pus discharge from the vulva but this not always the case as the cervix can be closed so the infection builds up inside.

Neutering is recommended to prevent the possibility of pyometra occurring.

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