Our practice is well-equipped to perform most minor and major surgical procedures, from spays and neuters to more complicated emergency, orthopedic and soft-tissue surgeries.

Prior to surgery, your pet receives a thorough physical examination to assess their current health status. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, we strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood and urine testing. These tests not only give us a complete picture of your pet’s health but also allow us to tailor an anesthetic protocol that is specifically designed for your pet.

We offer a range of anesthetic protocols tailored to your pet’s individual needs. We use state-of-the-art anesthetic machines and utilise a variety of anesthetic monitoring devices including capnography and other cardiac monitoring equipment.

An intravenous (IV) catheter placed in your pet’s leg enables us to administer the induction dose of anaesthetic and deliver fluids during the surgical procedure and recovery period. Since most anesthetic agents cause blood pressure to drop, delivering fluids enables us to maintain a safe blood pressure. The IV catheter also allows quick access to your pet’s circulatory system, if an emergency arises and necesitates immediate delivery of life-saving emergency drugs. All surgeries are closely monitored by our nursing team.

Our practice is fully equipped to perform most soft-tissue and common orthopedic procedures. Some of the orthopedic procedures that we perform include fracture repairs, joint surgery and bone biopsies. For more complex procedures we have access to a secondary referral practice who operate from our Bishop Auckland premises and can perform operations ranging from fracture repairs to spinal surgery and total hip replacement without you having to travel large distances.

Pain management is an important part of operating on your pet. All surgical patients, including those undergoing routine procedures such as ovariohysterectomy or castrations, receive pain control medication. We urge you to discuss operative pain management options with a member of our staff. If you feel your pet is still uncomfortable following a surgical procedure please speak with a member of the practice team and your pet will be reassessed and provided with a higher level of pain relief to keep them more comfortable.