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Veronica, Hugo and Bruce  undertake all routine surgery with pets returning home the same day. Additional surgical expertise is provided by Gary Clayton Jones, responsible for ‘hard tissue’ surgery on bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, and Ed Friend, responsible for complex ‘soft tissue’ surgery. They undertake all types of surgery. but when extensive hospitalization is needed, this is managed by our associates at Dick White Referrals where superb hospitalization and rehabilitation services are available. For example, surgery to repair torn knee ligaments is undertaken here in London while joint replacement such as artificial hip prosthesis is undertaken at Dick White Referrals.

Gary Clayton Jones is perhaps the country’s most experienced veterinary surgeon in diagnosing and treating lameness in dogs and cats. Our hope is to manage individuals medically. Surgery is undertaken only when this is not possible.

Ed Friend provides expert and advanced surgical care for a wide variety of soft tissue surgical conditions of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and limbs including reconstructive procedures.

Surgery on elderly pets

The anaesthetics and drugs we use during surgery together with the methods we use to monitor vital signs are comparable to those used for us when we have hospital operations. Continuous monitoring includes blood pressure, electrocardiogram, oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide levels, and ventilation. With the skill of our staff, it is ‘normal’ for us to successfully operate on very old, very sick animals that have a multitude of medical problems. While we never take the administration of a general anaesthetic casually, anaesthetic complications are rare despite the sometimes severe nature of the problems we manage.

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