Here at The Lake Veterinary Hospitals, we routinely perform soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. This includes desexings, lump removals, soft palate resection, luxating patella corrective surgery and cruciate repair surgery. We have the option to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) or extra-capsular surgery for cruciate repair.
Our intensive care is maintained at the highest standard through ongoing professional development of our vets and nurses. The skilled staff have the latest equipment to utilise in caring for your pet. Equipment used includes IV fluid pumps, pulse oximeters, blood pressure and ECG monitoring, oxygen administration equipment, blood transfusions and pathology allows us to perform medicine, surgery and hospital monitoring at a very high level, and as mentioned below, these services continue on after hours via our liaison with the Newcastle Animal Emergency Centre (NAEC).
Most of our anaesthetics involve the use of Isotec flourothane vapourisers, one of the safest in veterinary anaesthetics. Patients wake up very quickly, maximising safety, and most surgery patients go home the same day. Pain relief, and if necessary, follow up analgesic tablets, are given to patients after surgery.
Our anaesthetics are made safer by our detailed monitoring. Each pet has a dedicated nurse constantly monitoring the anaestheteic using respiratory, pulse, oxygen and blood pressure monitors. All pets undergoing a general anaesthetic are placed on IV fluid therapy. This maintains blood pressure and gives IV access in an emergency. We routinely use preanaesthetic blood testing to minimise the risk to your pet undergoing a general anaesthetic.
All pets undergoing a dental procedure have their teeth thoroughly assessed before treatment. We use ultrasonic dental scalers and high speed drills similar to those used by human dentists.
The dental drills allow non-traumatic extraction of diseased teeth reducing post operative pain and allowing faster recovery from major dental work. We also use local anaesthetic nerve blocks to help alleviate pain. The teeth are polished after scaling to reduce the chance of plaque sticking to the teeth and to extend the life of the scale. At every opportunity our nurses and vets also offer advice on preventative dental care.
See Sammi having her dental procedure.
Both Charlestown and Belmont have excellent X-ray facilities, and an ultra modern new digital X-ray suite was installed at both hospitals in 2015.
These are fibreoptic tools used in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract often proving invaluable to us in making some diagnoses which would have been difficult without it. They often allow us to avoid invasive surgery.
At The Lake Veterinary Hospitals, we recommend desexing of cats and dogs at 5 to 6 months of age. Rabbits and Guinea pigs are at a younger age due to their earlier sexual maturity. The desexing helps in your pet's long term health and behaviour training.
All desexed patients are given an analgesic (pain relief) as a pre-operative sedative and a post-operative analgesic injection which gives good pain relief for the following 24 hours. All patients are given intravenous fluids to reduce anaesthetic risk and maintain blood pressure. Patients go home on the same day as the surgery.
Oncology has become a very important part of our practice with many patients receiving chemotherapy, usually after surgical resection of tumours. We frequently utilise the services of specialist veterinary oncologists via email and telephone consultations, to help us tailor the chemotherapy protocols. Additionally, Dr Vicki Wills has completed a distance education course in Oncology which has bought new levels of expertise to the practice.
Microchipping and Scanning
We microchip cats and dogs.We are able to scan and quickly rehome the many stray dogs that are bought to us, especially after storms.
Access to Specialists
We frequently refer difficult cases to specialists, especially in the fields of orthopaedics,oncology, radiology, ophthalmology and general medicine.
The ECG helps us in diagnosis of pet's heart disease.
Ultrasound has become an invaluable tool in small animal diagnostics. We are fortunate to have state of the art machines which are used frequently for important diagnostic work at Belmont and Charlestown. We are skilled at heart and abdominal ultrasonography.
In the sad event of a pet’s death, we are able to organise cremation and return of the ashes. We use a locally owned business The Newcastle and Hunter Pet Crematorium at Bob's Farm. Owners have a selection of options for return of their pet's ashes. Please visit one of our clinics for more details.
Used especially for shallow skin tumours such as skin cancer in cats.
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In-house pathology is available as well as through Symbion Pathology, who provide us with prompt and efficient service, and the back up of trained pathologists with whom we can liaise for those difficult cases.
For more information on any of our services or to book a consultation, please contact us.