Surgery for Dogs

Surgery for dogs

Booking surgery for your dog can seem daunting, but they’re in the best hands at Pilgrims Vets.

We use modern anaesthetic techniques tailored to the health status of your dog to minimise negative circulatory effects and maximise pain control and recovery.

Our experienced vets perform soft tissue surgeries ranging from dog neutering and lump removals to more complex procedures such as intestinal resection, spleen removal, perineal hernia repair or diaphragmatic rupture repair.

Dog orthopaedic surgeries performed include basic fracture repair, lateral suture cruciate repair and salvage procedures such as femoral head and neck excision. At Pilgrims Vets we also have a visiting orthopaedic surgeon for more complex orthopaedic procedures.

On the day of your dog’s surgery:

  • You will have to ensure your dog has no breakfast (feed as normal the day before)
  • You will have to ensure they are clean
  • You will be given an admit appointment, usually with the nurse if you have recently seen a vet, where your dog will be checked over and any last minute questions or concerns can be raised. Cost, possible complications and pre-anaesthetic blood testing  will be discussed before the consent form is filled out.
  • Once admitted, your dog will receive a pre-medicant which helps keep them calm before surgery, aids in a smooth anaesthetic induction and loads the body with pain relief.
  • Your dog will then have a cannula placed in their leg vein to give the anaesthetic and this stays in place until full recovery so that we can provide fluid blood pressure support or in the event of an emergency, we can give medication intravenously.
  • Your dog will usually be maintained under general anesthesia via a tube placed down the airway delivering 100% oxygen and anaesthetic gas.
  • The area for surgery is widely clipped of hair and the skin prepared in a sterile manner before your dog is moved into our theatre.
  • In recovery, your dog will be monitored until they have a normal body temperature and we will phone you to let you know how they are and how the procedure went. They are usually fed within a couple of hours as this aids recovery.
  • If your dog is not staying in overnight, they can go home between 3pm and 6pm depending on their recovery. The nurse will explain all post operative care to you, including feeding, rest, how to monitor the wound and when we need to see your dog again.