Our hospital is equipped to perform most types of surgery with modern anaesthetic machines, state of the art monitoring systems and thermoregulatory support. Our surgical area is completely sterile and we use the safest and modern anaesthetics very similar to an operating theatre in a human hospital. Our veterinarians perform a vast range of operations such as desexing, exploratory surgery, caesarians, tumor and lump removals, wound stitches, intestinal obstructions, and more.
As with human surgery, our veterinarians scrub up, wear surgical gowns and safety protection as well as using autoclaved instruments throughout the procedure. The surgical bed and the inspired air are heated for the comfort and wellness of our patients who are continually monitored by a multi-parameter monitoring system including capnography (carbon dioxide levels), oxygenation, non-invasive oscillometric blood pressure, ECG, heart rate and respiratory rate and core body temperature. A fully trained veterinary nurse assists the veterinarian throughout the procedure.
Our Orthopaedic Surgery service provides surgery involving the bones and joints that are commonly sustained from motor vehicle accidents, falls, dog attacks and injuries resulting during play and exercise.
Common orthopaedic surgeries that our highly experienced and competent veterinarians perform include but are not limited to:
- Fracture repair (plating, wiring, pinning, external fixateurs)
- Cruciate repair, both extra capsular (modified de Angelis) and tibial plateau levelling (TTA)
- Femoral head and neck ostectomy
The Soft Tissue Surgery service at SVCS routinely treats conditions involving the skin, muscles, ligament and tendons of the body, the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, lymphatic and urogenital systems as well as disorders involving the ear, nose, mouth and throat.
Both congenital and acquired conditions are routinely treated and oncological procedures routinely performed. Because of our rural location and emergency caseload, our surgeons have a lot of experience with traumatic injuries and reconstructive surgery.
Desexing surgeries are one of the most common procedures performed in most vet clinics. Desexing is the removal of reproductive organs, therefore preventing reproduction from occurring. A female desexing surgery is generally called a spay (ovariohysterectomy) and involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract. A male desexing procedure is usually called a castration (orchidectomy) and involves the removal of both testes. There are many benefits to desexing your pet, not just to you and your pet but the animal population.
Desexing helps to solve the unwanted pet problem. Did you know that cats can begin to reproduce between 4-6 months of age? Each year, a cat can have THREE litters, each with an average of 4 kittens. Dogs can have TWO litters per year with an average of 4 pups per litter. Desexing your pet can help reduce the number of unwanted pets and pets that end up on the streets or become feral. Each year approximately 200,000 unwanted pets in Australia are euthanized, which is close to 550 pets per day. This could be reduced and even one day prevented if people chose to neuter their pets before they start reproducing.
Health benefits to your pet once they have been desexed include:
- Less likely to develop aggressive tendencies
- Less likely to wander away from home (usually to find a mate)
- Tomcats are less likely to “spray” around the home to mark their territory
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces the risk of prostatic disorders
- Reduces the risk of mammary tumours (breast cancer)
- Eliminates the risk of developing a pyometra (an infection in the uterus)
- Removes the risk of uterine, cervical and ovarian tumours
- Stops the “heat” cycle
Pets can be desexed from 4-6 months of age; however a pet is never too old to be desexed! Our desexing surgeries are usually a day procedure, meaning that you leave your fur baby with us in the morning and they are usually ready to go home mid to late afternoon.
For further information or to book an appointment for your pet to be desexed please call the clinic on 074681 1523.
Extensive anaesthetic monitoring
The equipment that Stanthorpe Vet Care uses for your pets’ anaesthesia monitoring includes some of the latest technology in the veterinary industry. We have heated anaesthetic breathing circuits and state-of-the-art heating blankets to keep your pet’s temperature stable while they’re anaesthetised. Alongside our multi-parameter monitoring machine, which monitors your pets oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature.
We also have ECG for our more critical anaesthetics and our highly skilled and extensively trained nurses are by their side throughout their entire procedure.