Dalston Surgery

Surgery Times

Monday to Friday
8.40 ~ 11.00am
1.30 ~ 3.00pm  
4.00 ~ 6.40pm

Saturdays
8.40 - 11.00am

Virtual Tour

Reception is staffed throughout the day. As well as registering for your appointment we can help with advice, pet products and food sales, dispensing prescriptions and general enquiries.

Our light and airy waiting room is a comfortable place for our patients and owners to wait for their appointment.

Scales are available to check your pet's weight

We have a separate waiting area for cats as being sat beside an excitable dog does tend to make them a bit stressed!

In the waiting room we have something for the owners as well, these are perfect cards and gifts for all animal lovers! 

We stock a wide range of Royal Canin life stage foods. Royal Canin has been working for over 40 years with breeders and Veterinary nutritionists to produce innovative, precise diets to perfectly meet your pets nutritional requirements. Whether your pet is an elderly cat, small breed puppy or a giant mastiff Royal Canin has a diet to suit

We also stock a wide range of products for your pet including beds, leads, Kongs and toys

Our modern consulting rooms are fully equipped with x-ray viewers, ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes

All our medications are kept in the dispensary. Prescriptions from consultations are prepared here as well as repeat prescriptions requested by owners.

Our kennels are made from stainless steel making them easy to clean and disinfect. We have a wide range of sizes allowing us to hospitalise patients of all sizes, right up to very large dogs in our 'walk-in' kennel. A second kennel area makes it possible to hospitalise nervous animals in a quiet peaceful environment if necessary.

This area is called 'Clean Prep', and is the room where anaesthetics and sedations are started. The first priority is to ensure the stability of the patient once anaesthesia or sedation is induced, at this stage monitoring equipment such as a pulse oximeter and respiratory monitor will be used. Patients needing surgery are clipped in Clean Prep before being moved into Theatre. Patients needing dentals are moved into the dental room. Non-sterile minor procedures are often performed in Clean Prep.

All major surgical procedures are carried out in theatre. The strictest precautions are taken to minimise the possibility of infection during surgery. Theatre is disinfected daily; the room is separated from the rest of the building to minimise air currents; animals are clipped and cleaned in clean prep before sterile skin preparation in theatre. Vets 'scrub-up' to sterilise their hands before commencing surgery and sterile gloves and gowns are worn.

Our large conference room is ideal for dog training classes and puppy parties as well as lectures and courses.

Monitoring Equipment

Anaesthetic monitoring is a critical aspect of any surgical procedure. Not only does efficient and comprehensive monitoring maximise the patient's safety under anaesthesia, but a stable anaesthetic and excellent pain control promote a more rapid recovery and quicker healing following surgical intervention.

This is one of our 'Ap Alert' machines. We hear a bleep every time the animal takes a breath so any change in respiratory rate is detected immediately. An alarm sounds if the respiratory rate falls below a preset level.

This is our pulse oximeter. The pulse oximeter measures the patient's heart rate and the amount of oxygen being carried by the blood at any given moment. An alarm sounds if these parameters fall below preset safe levels.

This is our ECG machine. ECG stands for electrocardiogram and is a visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart. An ECG is often useful for anaesthetic monitoring and also for investigation of abnormal heart rhythms in the conscious patient.

 

Our blood pressure monitor is valuable both for anaesthetic monitoring and for the investigation of certain medical disorders in the conscious patient. Low blood pressure during anaesthesia can cause poor blood supply to vital organs which can lead to damage. We can minimise this possibility by regular blood pressure checks in at-risk patients.

Theatre is equipped with a combined pulse oximeter, respiratory monitor and capnograph. A capnograph measures the amount of carbon dioxide in an animal's breath, a very sensitive and useful anaesthetic monitoring technique.

Our dental room is used for all cat, dog and rabbit dental procedures including descaling, polishing and extractions if necessary. As even very healthy mouths are full of bacteria this room is reserved solely for dentals and surgical procedures are not performed here.

Our ultrasonic descaler and polishing equipment is in regular use. If left unattended large accumulations of very hard yellow tartar can form at the base of dog's and cat's teeth (see next picture), resulting in gum disease and the possible loss of affected teeth. These accumulations can be very hard. After descaling the teeth are polished to discourage further tartar formation. See Dental Care for more information on dental care.

Accumulations of very hard yellow scale are seen very commonly in both cats and dogs. Ultrasonic descaling is necessary to remove this scale. In early cases no permanent damage is caused, but in longer standing cases the scale causes gum disease and recession which can lead to the loss of teeth. Regular brushing limits the accumulation of scale, but won't shift existing deposits.

Certain specialised instruments are available for use in theatre if necessary. This electrocautery unit can be used to control bleeding during surgery or to cut tissue with a minimum of blood loss.

Orthopaedic procedures require specialised instruments and often implants such as bone plates, pins, screws or external fixators. We use the advanced ASIF instrument and implant system.

Our X-Ray machine is capable of a wide range of exposures, producing images of equal quality for patients of all sizes. X-Rays are of great diagnostic value for imaging not only bones but soft tissue structures as well. People can be asked to sit still for an X-Ray, but animals must be sedated or anaesthetised to prevent movement during exposure which would result in a blurred image.

Once exposed our X-Ray plates are developed in-house by an automatic processing machine. This takes less than a minute and allows rapid assessment of radiographs while the patient remains under anaesthesia.

Our Ultrasound machine is of great use for diagnostics as it allows assessment of soft tissue structures such as internal organs. In many cases ultrasound can be performed without general anaesthetic or sedation

Our laboratory is equipped to process blood samples to aid in the investigation of a wide range of suspected disorders. We can test blood for levels of enzymes and other chemicals, as well as counting the numbers of various types of cells in the blood. Urine analysis can also be carried out in-house.