Surgery for Cats & Dogs

Veterinary Facilities

Cat and dog surgery is performed by highly experienced vets at our state-of-the-art facilities.

We understand how worrying it can be when your beloved pet requires surgery. Our experienced team at Pilgrims Vets in the New Forest holds a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cat and dog surgery and your pet couldn’t be in better hands.

Soft tissue cat & dog surgery includes neutering and lump removals, and more complex procedures like intestinal resection, spleen removal, perineal hernia repair or diaphragmatic rupture repair.

Cat & dog orthopaedic surgery includes basic fracture repair, lateral suture cruciate repair and salvage procedures such as femoral head and neck excision. We also have a visiting orthopaedic surgeon for more complex orthopaedic procedures.

State-of-the-art facilities & techniques

Our state-of-the-art facilities include sterile operating theatres, in-house laboratories and diagnostic tools that help us provide your pet with the best possible care. We use modern anaesthetic techniques tailored to the health status of your pet to minimise negative circulatory effects and maximise pain control and recovery.  We also have separate cat and dog wards for less stress and more comfort.

Pet Insurance can help with the cost of surgery for dogs & cats

It’s always better to be prepared for the unforeseen when it comes to cat & dog surgery costs. Many Pet Insurance policies cover a range of non-routine and emergency operations.

On the day of your cat or dog’s operation:

  • You must ensure they have no breakfast (feed as normal the day before)
  • You must ensure they’re clean (dogs)
  • You’ll attend an admit appointment, usually with the nurse if you’ve recently seen a vet, where your pet 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 pet will receive a pre-medication which helps keep them calm before surgery, aids in a smooth anaesthetic induction and loads the body with pain relief.
  • Your pet 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 pet will usually be maintained under general anaesthesia 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 pet is moved into our theatre.
  • On recovery, your pet will be monitored until they have a normal body temperature and we will phone to let you know how they are and how the procedure went. They’re usually fed within a couple of hours as this aids recovery.
  • If your pet is not staying 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 pet again.