Our highly equipped surgical suite is an accredited and sterile environment for all kinds of surgeries, ranging from mass removals, orthopedic surgery, cancer surgery, and much more.
From broken bones to joint problems, the highly skilled veterinarians at Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital are experienced in orthopaedic surgery and are committed to getting the best outcome for your pet’s health. Orthopaedic surgery relates to your pet’s bones. Commonly our vets perform orthopaedic surgeries to repair broken bones or correct defects such as luxating patella and ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs.
Soft tissue surgery
The body’s soft tissues are those parts not associated with the nervous (e.g. brain) and musculoskeletal (bone) systems. In our vet practice in Suburb soft tissue surgery is a broad discipline encompassing many of the surgeries you will be familiar with.
Common soft tissue surgical procedures performed by our expert vets include pet desexing, large mass or lump removals, respiratory and chest surgery, heart surgery, liver surgery and intestinal surgery. Using advanced technology in our state of the art clinic many surgeries can be minimally invasive.
Preparing for surgery
If your pet requires surgery our friendly staff will explain to you exactly what’s involved and what you’ll need to do, but here are the basics.
In the morning
The pet will be admitted into our surgical ward in the morning. You can accompany your pet to help them settle in and our dedicated staff will be on hand to care for your pet. We’ll do a pre-anaesthetic exam, and usually sedate your pet a few hours before the surgery is scheduled.
General anaesthesia will be administered by our expert surgeon, and surgery is performed under close observation from the team of experienced nursing staff. Blood pressure, breathing rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored while our expert surgeon carries out the operation. We continue to monitor the pet during the recovery stage and they will be clean, dry, warm and settled.
In most cases pets are able to return home once they are awake, walking, and have their pain under control. If there are any concerns about a pet’s recovery we may keep them overnight for observation – your pet’s health is our top priority. Once your pet has returned home, Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital will provide you with comprehensive post-surgery care instructions.