Services & Facilities
Oakville was extended and fully refurbished in 2008 in order to provide modern and up to date premises and equipment. In addition to our own car park (which is immediately adjacent to the practice) and good disabled access, below is a list of some of the services and facilities we have to offer:
In order to minimise stress for our inpatients, we have totally separate cat and dog wards. The dog ward has two walk in kennels with heat lamps for large dogs and standard kennels with accessible power for heat pads for smaller pets. The cat ward has larger pens for cats which are staying in with us for any length of time as well as standard pens for day patients. Again, all cages have accessible power points for heat pads). We also have a totally separate building to house our heated isolation facilities – this means that any animals who we deem to be potentially infectious to others are kept well away from any other patients.
At Oakville we have two operating theatres. This means that we are able to use our main theatre for only clean surgical procedures and not for any other purpose or for “dirty ops” (such as dentals or abscesses). We also have a heated operating table which helps to minimise heat loss from patients during surgery which helps to speed up recovery.
As well as having have up to date digital x-ray equipment, which means that we get very fast images when x-raying a sick animal, we also have excellent ultrasound facilities here at Oakville. This means that we are able to diagnose most conditions on site without the need to transfer your pet elsewhere.
We have modern dental equipment including a high speed drill and tub table thus enabling us to provide most aspects of dental care. This equipment helps to minimise tissue trauma whilst removing teeth.
At Oakville we aim to provide the very best veterinary care for your pet. The following is a list of some of the services that we offer. If you require something which is not on the list then please do not hesitate to contact us to see if we can help further or at least point you in the direction of someone who can!
All anaesthesia at Oakville Veterinary Surgery is induced by a veterinary surgeon and then monitored by a trained veterinary nurse until the patient has recovered from his or her anaesthetic. Other than very short procedures taking less than five minutes, all animals are placed on maintenance intravenous fluids during their operation as routine and the cost of this is included in the anaesthetic fee. The only exception to this is if an animal needs to have fluids before or after surgery for a specific medical reason – for example if it has been diagnosed with kidney disease – in such cases the cost of fluids will be additional. The intravenous fluids help the patient to maintain its blood pressure during the procedure and also prevent any dehydration – especially seeing as animals have generally been starved since the previous day when undergoing a general anaesthetic. The reason we have decided to do this as part of our protocol is that Sarah’s toddler had to have a general anaesthetic following an injury and was given perioperative fluids by the hospital at the time of surgery. Her recovery from the anaesthetic was staggering and, following this experience, Sarah has decided that we will introduce this for animals undergoing surgical procedures at the practice as they deserve the same care as we would give our children! We have definitely noticed that, since starting this, animals recover a lot better when they have had fluids perioperatively and this makes the whole experience of surgery a lot less traumatic for them – and in turn their owners! We also have various equipment such as ECG and pulse oximeters to assist with anaesthetic monitoring when required although we stongly believe that the best monitoring is provided by a veterinary nurse!!!
At Oakville we have the facilities to perform in house blood testing as well as sending off samples to an external laboratory for specialised tests. Being able to analyse blood samples in our on site laboratory means that we are generally able to get results of any screening bloods to you within a very short time of the bloods being taken – sometimes within 20-30 minutes. When you have a very sick pet this can often be reassuring and also helps to ensure that we can start the correct treatment without delay. We are also able to perform preanaesthetic blood testing to ensure that your pet is healthy before undergoing routine surgery. You will be asked about pre-anaesthetic bloods prior to surgery but, should you have any questions, please contact us.
The British Veterinary Association in association with the Kennel Club run the Canine Health Scheme which provides dog breeders with the option of screening dogs for certain inherited diseases. This means that breeders can choose to breed only from dogs which have no signs of diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia and congenital cataracts thus reducing the number of dogs suffering with these inherited conditions. The British Veterinary Association currently runs three schemes; for hip scoring, elbow scoring and eye testing. Hip and elbow scoring both require x-rays to be taken of the relevant part of the dog. These x-rays are taken at Oakville and then sent off to the BVA so that they can be given a score by a panel of specialists. The eye scheme requires the dog to be examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist and we can provide details of which veterinary ophthalmologists we recommend.
Please contact us if you have any queries or see the BVA’s website for further information.
Oakville has modern dental equipment, including a high speed drill, which enables us to provide your pets with all aspects of both routine and more involved dental care. Our nurses also hold dental clinics which involves a free dental check and advice on how to help maintain the oral health or your pets so that you can hopefully avoid dental intervention in the future. Please contact us if you are interested.
Deciding when it is the right time for a pet to be euthanased is probably one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will ever have to make. Everyone at Oakville has pets and most of us have had to make that decision with one of our own animals at some point. We therefore understand what a difficult time it is when the time comes to let a beloved pet go and we will try where at all possible, to arrange the appointment at the end of a surgery or at another quiet time so that you have as much time and privacy as you need.
In almost all circumstances, you will be given the option of either taking your pet home for burial or for us to arrange cremation for you. If you choose cremation then there is also the option of having your pets ashes returned to you.
Please ask for further information.
There are many recognised benefits to neutering dogs and cats in addition to the prevention of unwanted puppies and kittens. Neutering a bitch removes the risk of her developing a uterine infection (pyometra) which can be a life threatening condition. It also reduces the risk of certain tumours and removes the inconvenience of having a bitch which is in season. It also prevents her from suffering with false pregnancies.
In male dogs neutering often reduces wandering and can also help to reduce fighting and territory marking.
Neutering cats when they are young also helps to reduce roaming and fighting and this makes them less likely to contract diseases such as FIV (feline AIDS) and FeLV (feline leukaemia).
If you have any further questions on neutering then then please contact us for more information.
Our veterinary nurses run a number of clinics at the practice which are free of charge. These include weight watchers, dental clinics, geriatric clinics, puppy and kitten checks and adolescent clinics. Please ask at reception for further details.
Oakville has contracted out to VetsNow to provide their emergency service at night and weekends. We have chosen to do this because their veterinary surgeons and nurses are specifically trained to provide emergency and critical care. Also, as they only work at nights and weekends and are on site all night waiting to receive emergencies and care for any inpatients, we feel that they provide the best emergency care possible when our own vets are unable to provide out of hours cover. If you should need to be seen out of hours then our answerphone will provide you with the necessary telephone number for VetsNow. VetsNow are located at 78 Haygate Road, Wellington TF1 1QN and can be contacted on 01952 253963. They use Haygate’s premises but are a completely independent service.
We advise regular vaccination of your pets against common diseases so that they have maximum protection should an outbreak occur.
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis and in certain cases for kennel cough as well. We routinely vaccinate for 4 strains of leptospirosis at Oakville as we believe that it is important to provide your pet with as much protection as possible against disease.
We advise that cats are vaccinated for flu, enteritis and feline leukaemia.
Rabbits can be vaccinated against viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and myxomatosis.
Dogs and cats can also be vaccinated for rabies when required.
Please contact us for further details.
The veterinary surgeons at Oakville are qualified and experienced in both routine and emergency surgery and perform surgical procedures on a daily basis. However, if they feel that your pet would benefit from seeing a specialist in any particular field then referral can be arranged.