We routinely perform keyhole spays on bitches. Both Alison Carr and Amy Blackwell have vast experience in this procedure.
A keyhole spay is also called a laparoscopic or ‘lap’ spay.
The procedure involves using special equipment through two small holes to remove both the ovaries. One hole is for a tiny camera which gives a magnified image of the abdomen on a screen and the other for a slender instrument to remove the ovaries. The procedure offers the following advantages over a traditional spay:
- Less pain after the operation
- Smaller surgical wounds
- Shorter recovery time – only 2 days rest not 14 days
- Faster healing times
- No need to wear the cone afterwards
- No external stitches to chew at
- Better visualisation for the surgeon
- Fewer post-operative complications
- The operation is performed as a day surgery so your dog can be home the same day.
We can perform the keyhole spay from 5 months of age and are happy to do this before the first season. If your bitch has had a season we like to wait 3 months so they are mid cycle.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any questions you may have about this operation.
We can also use this technique in male dogs which have a retained testicle also known as cryptorchid. Please call us if you think your pet could benefit.
Advanced tibial tuberosity advancements offered in house - TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement) is used to help fix ligament ruptures (cranial or anterior cruciate ligament ruptures) in the knee joints of dogs. These kinds of ruptures are the most common cause of lameness.
James Garland BVSc, GPcert(SAS) Cert AVP(GSAS) MRCVS James is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in general small animal surgery.
James Garland BVSc, GPcert(SAS) Cert AVP(GSAS) MRCVS James in and RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in general small animal surgery.
He performs various types of orthopaedic procedures these include:
- Fracture repair
- Cruciate surgery – see separate tab
- Hip toggling for dislocations
- Joint fusion operations
- Femoral head and neck excisions
- Tendon repairs
Please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a consultation with James should you need to discuss any orthopaedic procedures further.
James Garland BVSc, GPcert(SAS) Cert AVP(GSAS) MRCVS James is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in general small animal surgery
Entropian: This is a genetic condition where some of the eyelid folded inwards. It can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, much like when you or I get an eyelash in our eye but permanently! This can cause serious issues with the eye. It can also cause dark-coloured scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). Surgery helps to remove the physical irritation of the eyelash or hair on the eye's surface.
BOAS (Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Sydrome):
Read more: Canine brachycephaly: breathing problems in brachycephalic dogs.
Laryngeal tieback: This procedure is needed when a dog is suffering with respiratory problems due to problems with their larynx becoming paralysed. Signs that there may be an issue are:
- Noisy breathing
- Weight loss
- Reduced exercise tolerance
- Sensitivity to warm temperatures
- Bark or meow sounding different
- Problems swallowing food/water
- Sudden respiratory distress
Unfortunately, left untreated this condition is often life threatening.
Perineal hernia: A perineal hernia (sometimes called a perineal rupture) is a weakness or separation of the muscles of the pelvic diaphragm. The pelvic diaphragm is formed from a group of muscles that are situated around the rectum and form the caudal (back) wall of the abdominal cavity.
A perineal rupture is an abnormal hole in this diaphragm or sheet of muscles that allows fat or organs from the abdominal cavity to bulge into the area surrounding the anus (the perineum).
Tumour removals: The word ‘tumour’ refers to an abnormal growth of cells that results in a lump forming. Tumours range widely in significance from harmless growths (described as 'benign') to aggressive, life-threatening lumps that seed cancer cells to other parts of the body (described as 'malignant'). For many lumps, it is best to err on the side of caution and treat them early. Depending on the type of tumour, the options include surgical removal, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment.
Stem Cell and Platelet enriched plasma treatments: We can now offer Stem Cell and Platelet enriched plasma treatment for arthritis. For futher information visit VBS Direct and Cell Therapy Sciences.
Endoscopy & Laparoscopy
Endoscopy: This is a procedure using an instrument called an endoscope. It is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera at the end. The camera relays what it sees to a TV screen so we can see what is happening inside your pet. This can help diagnose problems with digestion and localise problems within the stomach and intestines.
Laparoscopy: This is also known as key-hole surgery. It allows us access to the inside of your pet’s abdomen and pelvis without having to make big incisions in the skin. This means less trauma for your pet, quicker recovery and is much less invasive.
At Martin and Carr, we are able to perform procedures including:
- Keyhole biopsies reduce pain and give faster recovery times
- Gastroscopy (stomach) and colonoscopy (colon)
- Arthroscopy in to joints
- Cystoscopy in to bladders
Benefits of Laparscopy or Keyhole surgery include?
- Reduced pain
- Faster recovery times
- Smaller wounds
Soft Tissue Surgery - These are surgical procedures that involve areas like the ears, nose, throat, the heart and chest area, the stomach, reproductive organs, urinary system, and skin reconstruction.
Digital x-ray facilities
Much like traditional x-rays, this form of imaging uses x-ray plates to capture the images of what is happening inside your pet. Because it is digital, the machine transfers the image to our computer system as soon as it is taken, allowing us to diagnose issues quicker.
Dental x-ray facilities
Much the same as our digital x-rays but for your pet’s teeth and mouth. Did you know that the visible tooth is less than 50% of the whole thing? Once the image has been taken, it is immediately available for us to examine what is going on inside the tooth and below the gum line, helping us to diagnose any dental issues quicker.
This form of imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the part of the body being scanned. With this form of imaging, there is normally no need to sedate your pet and we can use it to diagnose abdominal issues and check for pregnancy, etc.
Full pain management assessment and control: Acupuncture has been used for many centuries and is the painless positioning of very fine needles to specific points of the body, with good effect. Most used for its pain-killing effect, with animals there can be no placebo effect. The needles act on the nerve impulses at the affected site.
Acupuncture can be used to alleviate pain caused by:
- Muscle spasms
- Back pain
Acupuncture is usually performed in a normal consultation appointment, needles are placed place in the animal and left there for 5-15 minutes. Acupuncture is normally performed weekly for an initial period of 3-4 weeks, after which the frequency is adjusted to suit the patient.
Animals are assessed for suitability for the treatment before embarking on a course and to check that they will be comfortable with treatments.
Appointments can be booked as consultations with the owner present, although your pet can also be admitted as a day patient if this suits you better.
Monica Jackson is especially interested in acupuncture.
Socialising your puppy is a very important and the earlier they can start to experience all aspects of life, the better. If a dog is not properly socialised it may not learn what is appropriate behaviour when faced with new people, dogs or situations. This is why we invite new puppies to attend our Puppy Parties.
The parties are run for two consecutive weeks for an hour each time. During the party, the puppies will be able to meet and play with other puppies and people in a safe environment. There will also be time with the nurses to discuss all aspects of having a puppy, from house training to nutrition. At the end of the second party the puppies will be awarded with a certificate of attendance and a goody bag that includes the “Good Puppy Guide” written by Erica Peachey.
We hope that by attending the parties, the puppies will start to become a little more confident while learning about the big wide world and all the new things they will come across. Remember, visits do not only have to be when something is wrong we actively encourage social visits, it may be for a weight check, to collect wormers or to just say “hi”!
If you have a young puppy, or are thinking of getting one soon, and would like more information on attending our parties then please call and speak to one of our nurses.
At Martin and Carr, we have 5 fully qualified veterinary nurses and 4 SVN’s (nurses in training), ready to see your pet in one of our Nurse Clinics.
The aim of these clinics is to provide our clients with a familiar and friendly face, with whom they can discuss any issues involving their animals. Nurses are happy to spend as much or a little time as necessary with pets and owners and provide:
- Pet health checks
- New pet checks
- Info on fleas and parasites
- Info on diets
- Routine dental checks and advice
- Elderly pet clinics
- Diabetic support clinics
- Small animal husbandry advice
- Training and behavioural advice
- Administration of medication
- Blood pressure checks
- Post-op checks
- Dressing changes
- Weight management
- Tick removal
- Ear cleaning
- Routine blood sampling
- Heska (allergy) injections
- Breeding advice
- Nail clipping
- Discussions about euthanasia
Nurse clinics are usually by appointment only between 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday. This allows us to make nervous pets an appointment at a quiet time where necessary. For people who find these times difficult, we will do our best to accommodate.
For further information, please contact us.