Radiography and Ultrasound
X-rays and Ultrasound are routinely used in the diagnoses of many conditions.
At Streatham Hill Surgery we have invested in providing the finest possible imaging equipment. The surgery also have an x-ray generator that produces high quality and reliable x-rays for the tiniest baby rabbit to the largest of dogs alike. This complements our state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine which enables us to take fabulous quality x-rays in the shortest time possible. This is particularly helpful as it requires minimal sedation and restraint for the animal.
We also have an ultrasound machine that is capable of scanning and imaging all abdominal organs as well as the heart, including measuring the speed of heart blood flow.
Blood samples, urine tests and microscopic examination of blood, skin and urine help with diagnosis and treatment. The surgery has an in-house laboratory service providing results in a matter of minutes even on weekends. The laboratory is also able to check electrolytes and thyroid levels which can be very valuable in reaching a diagnosis. We also have a daily courier for tests that need to be performed at a more extensive laboratory. Our laboratory services help us to provide timely and optimal information of your pet's condition and potential need for further investigation and treatment.
We have two fully equipped operation theatres, which means that we perform all routine surgeries on-site, including some non-routine procedures such as orthopaedic surgery. All of our vets are experienced surgeons and we aim to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our priorities are to ensure that the anaesthetic is safe and that the pet experiences minimal pain during any intervention. We have cutting-edge anaesthetic monitoring equipment and only use the safest available anaesthetics. Pain relief is very important and we give many post-operative patients an additional strong painkiller before they are discharged in the afternoon.
We understand how worrying surgery can be for owners so we have a complimentary 15 minute pre-operative appointment with a vet to admit the patient. This appointment is used to examine the pet and explain the procedure.
This appointment also allows important time to answer any of your questions and concerns that you as the owner may have will have and to provide an estimate of costs. We recommend a blood sample for all animals over 8 years of age and animals in a high risk category. (This can be taken on the morning of the procedure).
Animals are typically admitted between 9am and 10am and stay with us until between 4-5pm. We normally ask that owners call us around 2-4 pm to get an update on the procedure and to discuss a time for discharge. A post-operative information sheet is always provided, but if there are ever any questions then call us at the surgery and we will be delighted to assist.
Keyhole (Laparoscopic) Surgery
At Streatham Hill Veterinary Surgery we are one of the only surgeries in south London to provide keyhole surgery. Our head vet has undergone extensive training for this procedure. The service is part of the surgery’s commitment to provide the best possible treatments.
Key hole surgery holds many benefits to your pet. The recovery after the surgery is quicker with considerably less pain from the surgery. The wounds are also much smaller so there is generally no need for anti-licking collars.
We have modern clean kennels to provide comfortable hospitalisation for our in-patients. We also have an isolation ward to protect our patients against any infectious diseases. In-patients are monitored several times a day including weekends and bank holidays. We have a vet and nurse living on site to provide optimal care and safety.
If the patient’s condition is critical and requires more intensive out-of-hours monitoring we will advise that your pet is moved to our near-by emergency centre. The South London Emergency and Referral Clinic (SLERC) provides the out of hours emergency care for around 20 practices in South London. Our practice is fortunately situated just a few minutes away which means short transportation times for sometimes very poorly patients.
Pets have the same problems with plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease as humans, but unlike us they do not have regular dental check-ups. If your pet has bad breath, difficulty in eating, pawing at the mouth or bleeding from the mouth, he/she is likely to need dental treatment. We have an excellent dental machine to provide optimal treatment with the facility to take dental x-rays if required.