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Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced vets can perform a variety of procedures

Clent Hills’ veterinary surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in a wide range of surgical procedures.  Your pet will be taken care of by our dedicated vets and nurses, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. 

If there’s a procedure that requires a more specialised surgeon, we have a UK-wide network of veterinary referral centres we can refer your pet to. 

Routine & elective procedures 

Routine and elective procedures we regularly perform at Clent Hills Vets include spays and castrations, dental procedures, lump removal, c-sections, and exploratory biopsies. 

Orthopaedic surgery 

Orthopaedic surgery is used to treat conditions involving the musculoskeletal system E.G. fractures, cruciate ligament tears, hip & elbow dysplasia. 

Corrective surgery 

Sometimes likened to ‘plastic surgery’ procedures, some pets (mainly dogs) require corrective surgery to improve their quality of life.  

Some pets are born with or develop conditions that are typically a result of their breed characteristics. For many dogs, years of breeding to develop a certain physical appearance over healthiness, has resulted in breed characteristics becoming exaggerated. The pug is a clear example of this. 

Plastic surgery-style procedures are often used to correct these conditions and alleviate suffering. Clent Hills Vets can refer your pet to a number of clinics around the country should they need more specialist treatment than is available at our practices. 

Typical conditions that are treated with corrective surgery

  • Nose jobs (nasal wedge resection)
  • Facelifts and skin tucks
  • Eyelid reshapes

Nose jobs (nasal wedge resection)

Typically for pugs, french bulldogs, bulldogs, boxers… 

Animals with flat faces and small airways can be prone to severe breathing difficulties which result in excess flatulence, snoring, passing out from lack of oxygen and other health issues. This can be very distressing for the dog and most certainly they will have a poor quality of life.  

A nasal wedge resection (nose job) and a soft tissue resection can open up the airways and allow the dog to breathe more easily. In some dogs where the case is more severe, a tracheostomy may be necessary, where a permanent hole is created in the dog’s windpipe so that more air can be breathed in. 

Facelifts and skin tucks

Typically for chow chows, shar pei, spaniel breeds, basset hounds, pugs, bulldogs… 

Animals with excessive skin folds around their face and/or body can suffer from repeated infections and discomfort, which can be alleviated by removing or pulling back some of the excessive skin. The skin is then stapled in place and allowed to heal.  

Healing time can differ from dog to dog, however, once the staples are removed, the dog is able to lead a happy and healthy life.  

This procedure will most likely alter the dog’s appearance; however, quality of life is the most important aspect. 

Eyelid reshapes

Typically for chow chows, spaniel breeds, basset hounds… 

Some dogs develop a condition called entropion. This is where the dog’s eyelids start to fold inwards and the eyelashes start to rub against the cornea and inner eye.  

Entropion can be caused by having excessive skin around the face, or if the dog has droopy lower lids that pull the upper lid over the eye itself. Entropion can impair vision and cause severe discomfort to the dog. It can also lead to blindness if left untreated.  

By removing sections around the eyelid, the condition can be corrected, enabling the dog to lead a happy life again. 

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