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Surgical Interventions

We are fortunate to have two sterile theatre rooms at Ripley Vet. This allows us to conduct complex procedures that require a sterile environment, and provide your pet with gold standard care. We see pets for a range of surgical procedures, including soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic surgery, eye surgery, soft palate surgery, and routine procedures such as desexing. All of our surgical patients will have a dedicated surgical nurse to watch them closely while under anaesthetic with the aid of monitoring equipment. 


We run surgeries on weekdays, and your little one will usually stay with us for the day. Our admissions nurse will see you both first thing in the morning, with discharge arranged usually for mid to late afternoon after recovery.

More on Desexing

Why should I desex my pet?

There are many benefits to desexing your pet. 

Benefits of desexing females:

  • Avoid unwanted litters

  • Stop bleeding cycles

  • Reduced risk of ovarian & mammary cancers

  • No risk of pyometra (uterus infection)

Benefits for males:

  • Reduces likelihood of learning sexual behaviours (e.g., urine marking, becoming territorial)

  • Reduces roaming

  • Reduces risk of testicular cancer & prostrate issues

When should I have my pet desexed?

This varies for each breed and individual pet, so we recommend a consultation with one of our veterinarians to discuss. 


What does your desexing procedure include?

We have two options for desexing, comfy care and safety screening.

Comfy care includes sedation prior to procedure, IV fluids before, during and after procedure to maintain blood pressure, all pain relief and recheck two weeks post operation. Safety screening is inclusive of all the above, with the addition of a pre-anaesthetic blood test. Our clinical team will check the kidney, liver, red blood cells, white blood cells are all healthy, and tailor your pets anaesthetic plan specifically to them so as to reduce the risk of anaesthesia. 

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