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Soft tissue and orthopedic (bone) surgery

In extreme cases of illness or injury animals may require surgery. Our staff are very experienced in surgical procedures for birds, reptiles, small mammals and wildlife.

Common soft tissue surgeries performed by our vets include:

  • Exploratory laparotomies to remove items ingested by pets such as toys, a common habit of ferrets
  • Removal of tumours including performing the delicate procedure required to remove
  • mammary tumours in mice.

Common orthopedic (or bone) surgeries performed by our vets include:

  • Repairing fractures in birds, a surgery that requires tailored repair plans due to their small size and fragile bones
  • Broken bones in small mammals with a common procedure being the repair of rabbit legs
  • Shell fracture repairs and shell infections in turtles.

Our vets have extensive experience de-sexing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rodents, and reptiles

De-sexing not only prevents unwanted offspring but can also considerably increase an animal’s life span due to other health related benefits.

Desexing is very important for female rabbits due to high rates of uterine cancer seen in animals over four years of age, in guinea pigs to prevent ovarian cysts and, mice and rats to avoid mammary tumours.

De-sexing can also help with behavioural and odour problems in some species.

AREPH’s de-sexing procedures are specifically tailored for small animals and include:

  • a pre-surgery examination
  • pre-surgery oxygenation to saturate blood levels with oxygen
  • sub-cutaneous fluids to prevent dehydration
  • a combination of pre-anesthetic drugs to relax your pet and prevent pain
  • general anaesthesia during the procedure
  • maintenance of hydration during the procedure (intravenous, intraosseus, subcutaneous and/or fluid therapy)
  • advanced anaesthetic monitoring (Doppler, ECG, SPO2, CO2 and blood pressure
  • available) performed by staff experienced in exotic anaesthetics
  • maintenance of correct temperature during the procedure
  • medication to partially or completely reverse part of the anaesthetic drugs
  • pain relief on recovery
  • enclosure with temperature and oxygen supply for the anaesthetic recovery
  • forced feeding when necessary
  • a day stay in hospital when necessary
  • initial medications to go home for your pet (e.g. medication to ensure gastrointestinal transit, pain relief, anti-inflammatories etc)
  • a follow up appointment.