Surgery & Dentistry

We have a state of the art surgical suite where we are able to perform surgeries in a clean and sterile environment with modern, up to date equipment.

We use modern effective surgical and anaesthetic equipment to ensure our surgical patients receive the best care, including our new Electrocautery unit, SurgiVet Monitor (monitors heart rate, oxygen levels and breathing, blood pressure, temperature, ECG), Doppler blood pressure monitoring, intravenous fluid infusion pumps, as well as modern and up to date anaesthetic machines.

We also have a state of the art Aeolus Incubator (humidicrib) for newborn puppies and kittens, as well as an oxygen cage for patients requiring supplemental oxygen.

Routine surgery is done by appointment on week days. We will do emergency or urgent procedures as required. We are able to offer our clients services in all aspects of small animal surgery ranging from routine surgeries such as desexing, lump removals and hernia repairs to major surgeries such as caesareans, brachycephalic airway surgery, laparotomies, prophylactic gastropexy, emergency bloat/GDV surgery, splenectomies and some orthopaedic procedures. Further information on some of these procedures is below.

Contact us about any specific procedure your pet may require for more information.

Featured Surgeries

We have the latest dental machine and equipment which allows us to perform dental procedures to the highest standard. This ranges from teeth cleaning (scale and polish) to tooth extractions.

We also ensure our dental patients go home with up to date information on dental hygiene and products to assist in after care and tartar prevention.

  1. DENTAL CARE INFORMATION
  2. RABBIT DENTAL CARE FACT SHEET
  3. HOW TO BRUSH YOUR DOG’S TEETH
  4. CHART AND DIAGRAMS OF DENTAL DISEASE

Brachycephalic dogs (dogs with shortened snouts) such as French Bulldogs, Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, Boston Terriers and some other breeds suffer challenges to their breathing due to their conformation. This includes stenotic nares (too small nostrils) and elongated soft palate (where the long soft palate protrudes into the airway obstructing airflow). This conformation can make breathing difficult and the dogs may show signs such as loud breathing, snorting, snoring while sleeping, persistent panting, exercise intolerance and more worryingly episodes of collapse or heat stroke.

Fortunately, modern surgical techniques have meant we can make a huge difference to the airway problems faced by these breeds and improve their quality of life significantly. Here at The Pet Practice we are highly experienced at performing airway surgery – we perform nares alarplasty (widening the nostrils to allow easier passage of air) and soft palate resection (surgically shortening the length of the soft palate so it doesn’t obstruct airflow) which have helped so many of our patients breath more easily and enjoy a better quality of life.

Call us today for more information or to book your brachycephalic pet in for this highly beneficial procedure.

Gastric dilation volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat, is a deadly condition of large breed dogs where the stomach fills with gas and twists. This is an emergency procedure and will eventually cause death without emergency surgery. Fortunately, there is a preventative surgical option available to prevent this emergency happening to your dog. The preventative surgery is called a ‘gastropexy’ and involves surgically fixing the stomach to the abdominal wall permanently to prevent the twisting that occurs in GDV.

Performing a prophylactic gastropexy removes the risk of developing GDV, eliminating the need for emergency surgery which is often complicated and highly costly, with unfortunately no guarantee of a positive outcome due to the seriousness of the condition. Here at The Pet Practice we can perform prophylactic gastropexies on all dogs – this can be performed at the same time as desexing or other procedures and is highly recommended for large breed dogs, including but not limited to:

  • German Shepherds, Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Boxers, Irish Wolfhounds, Mastiffs, Weimaraners, and others.

So call us today to book in your large breed dog for this important procedure.

Where to Find Us

We are located on Albany Highway in St. James, Bentley (between Victoria Park and Cannington). We cater for the many communities of South Perth, Kensington, Como and Belmont as well as our local areas. For the best health care for your beloved pets, contact us today to make an appointment. Become part of the ‘Pet Practice family’!

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