Lichfield Surgery Facilities
We treat your pet as we would our own.
Our ethos is continuity of veterinary and nursing care, pre-operatively, peri-operatively and post-operatively. Our close-knit team of experienced vets and nurses will take your pet through from admission, sedation, anaesthesia, investigations, surgery, recovery, and on into the period of aftercare.
The cat kennel room is separate from the kennel room for dogs. For cases needing close supervision, we can provide this through the night as well as through the day, without requiring you to transport your pet to and fro between clinics.
Our surgical suite at Lichfield was purpose built and has two operating theatres, three consulting rooms and two kenneling areas so that cats and nervous patients can be kept away from larger and more boisterous ones. We are equipped with a comprehensive range of surgical tools and implants including tools and implants for hip and elbow replacement surgery, and a surgical laser. We have two fibre-optic endoscopes, useful for examining the upper airway and the the upper gastrointestinal tract, and we have an arthroscope (2.4mm and 1.9mm) which is most often used for examining elbow and and shoulder joints.
Our ophthalmologists have two operating microscopes for intricate eye surgery.
We have a digital X-ray machine, and we also have a hand-held X-ray generator which allows follow up radiographs to be taken conscious to check on bone healing, usually while you wait and usually without the need to even sedate your pet. Our fixed prices include us taking an unlimited number of X-ray exposures of the surgical site on an unlimited number of occasions to monitor healing.
Colour flow Doppler is used for detailed ultrasonography investigations. A basic ultrasonography unit is also available for simpler imaging.
When MRI and CT scans are required, we source them off site to keep costs down. For spinal emergency cases we are very experienced at myelography and this remains a very economical and efficient way of assessing spinal emergency cases. Myelography does have some increased risks compared to MRI and/or plain CT scanning, but it also has the advantages of speed, ready availability and much reduced costs.
We have a class 4 therapeutic laser as a treatment aid for soft tissue injuries, degenerative joint disease and wound healing. We have a Sonivet ultrasonic device for stimulating bone healing and this can be hired out for use at home for selected cases.
We have comprehensive patient monitoring equipment at every anaesthetic station in the theatres, x-ray room and preparation areas, and we can also use these multi-parameter monitors in kennels. This allows us to monitor a whole host of physiological parameters before during and after surgery, including ECG, blood oxygen saturation, expired CO2 levels, blood pressure and core temperature. We have multiple HotDog patient warming systems and several cages where we can supply an enriched oxygen environment to cases requiring it.
Laboratory work like haematology, biochemistry, microscopy and urinalysis is often carried out in advance at the referring practice, but can be done on the day we see the patient if required.
London Surgery Facilities
Our ethos is continuity of veterinary and nursing care, pre-operatively, peri-operatively and post-operatively. Because we are based in Lichfield and travel down to London on surgical days, we make ourselves very available to offer pre-operative and post-operative support from a distance, aided by your own vets and using modern technology. As our London service develops, the number of days we working at Dartford should increase significantly.
On the days we operate at Dartford, we use the support team of experienced vets and nurses at the Easipetcare clinic in Dartford and we use their operating theatre, consulting room and kennel facilities. West Midlands Referrals vets (either Jon or Andy) will be available to speak to you on the phone in advance of the consultation/surgery at Dartford, and will see you and your pet on the day to take charge of the admission, sedation, anaesthesia, investigations, surgery, and recovery. Jon or Andy will be available to oversee the period of aftercare, by phone and at rechecks at Dartford in the following weeks. We make no further charges for these follow up checks.
We are equipped with a comprehensive range of our own surgical instruments and implants which we keep at the Dartford facility. As well as use of the main digital X-ray machine at Dartford, and we also have a hand-held X-ray generator which allows follow up radiographs to be taken conscious to check on bone healing, usually while you wait and usually without the need to even sedate your pet. Our fixed prices include an unlimited number of X-ray exposures.
As we open up our London service, initially we are only offering selected soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures and fracture fixations. However the range of procedures that we can accommodate is likely to expand as our service grows.
If MRI and CT scans are required, they will have been sourced at other facilities in advance. Laboratory work like haematology, biochemistry and urinalysis is usually carried out in advance at the referring practice, but can be done on the day we see the patient if required.