There may come a time when your pet requires surgery. This is a difficult and anxious time for you as an owner.

Our clinic in Clongriffin has a dedicated Operating Room which is purpose built to the highest design specifications. This is important for sterility and anaesthetic safety. More detailed information can be found on our anaesthetics page. Our veterinary team are highly skilled in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, while our Nursing team monitor the anaesthetics using the latest monitoring equipment. We aim to achieve the best results with minimal impact to your pet.

Surgery: Admission

Before the day of the procedure it is very important to us that you fully understand the procedure being performed, what will be needed after the surgery and the costs involved. We will sit down with you in a consult to go through this, but please do not hesitate to contact us at any time to discuss further if there are any questions you have forgotten to ask.

Our surgical patients are admitted on the morning of the procedure. After a brief discussion with a nurse, who will go through the consent form with you, your pet will be admitted to hospital for the day.

After surgery

Most of our patients are able to go home on the same day as the procedure. After surgery it is important to keep them relatively quiet and prevent them from licking at their stitches. To help with this we usually supply a Buster or Elizabethan collar (you may call it a “lampshade”), although we do have the option of a medical vest which our nursing team can discuss. Stitches remain in place for 10 days – 2 weeks. A post op check (usually 3 – 4 days post surgery) and stitches out appointment (10 days – 2 weeks post surgery) are included as part of the surgery.

a rabbit being prepared for surgery by the veterinary nurse

If you believe your pet will be anxious about their stay in hospital please see our making visits easier for your pet section for advice.