We know you want your pet cared for by an exceptional team, but you also need your veterinary surgery to be modern and fully equipped and our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to provide your pet with the very best veterinary care available.
We have invested in the latest equipment, enabling our vets to provide your pet with accurate diagnosis and the most up-to-date, effective treatment.
RECEPTION & WAITING ROOMS
When you arrive at one of our surgeries, you’ll be welcomed into a bright and modern reception area where you can comfortably wait for your appointment. For you and your pet’s safety we ask for all pets to be secure, either on a lead or in a cage. Don’t worry if you have forgotten your lead as our friendly receptionist will have one spare for you to borrow.
We know that some pets can get anxious or nervous when it comes to visiting the vet and we want to make them as relaxed as possible, so please let a member of our team know and we will be more than happy to show you to a quiet consultation room where you can wait instead.
All of our consultation rooms are the perfect environment to examine your pet and complete basic treatments. They are modern, well-lit and all have air conditioning to ensure your pet is not too hot nor too cold.
This room is used to reassure pets before surgery. We also use this room to anaesthetise, clip and prepare your pet for their surgery.
We have separate dog and cat wards that have been updated to improve the welfare of our patients. Our main hospital’s cat ward is on the first floor, well away from our canine patients to provide a quiet and stress-free environment where they can recuperate.
Our kennels are specially designed “cat cubes” made of an opaque laminate with acrylic doors; meaning they avoid any “scary” reflections in the metal. They are also warmer and quieter (not to mention easier to clean). Each cube has a built-in resting perch to give cats their all-important vertical space, allowing them to survey their surroundings!
The ward is also suitable for small furries, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, and the cubes are all situated along one wall so small pets are unable to see any predators.
Our dog ward is an inviting environment for your four-legged friends, located out of the way of any felines.
We have a large range of stainless steel kennels that are hard-wearing, durable and very easy to clean. We also have a selection of “walk-in” kennels which are more suited to large breed dogs and those that need a little more space during their stay.
Each dog also receives their own, personalised collar so there are never any cases of mistaken identity.
The reptile ward is located just round the corner on Duke Street at our Cats and Exotics Clinic. The ward has a large range of vivariums for all species of reptiles that may be kept as pets and will provide your reptile with an ideal, safe and quiet environment in which to recuperate during their stay.
The isolation ward is situated on the first floor of the practice and is used for contagious dogs and cats that pose a health risk to other hospitalised pets.
Our operating theatre is a sterile environment where the air is filtered on entry and forced out of the room through the only door. All people entering the theatre must wear scrub suits, surgical footwear, hats, and shoe covers. All surgical procedures are carried out by veterinary surgeons who are fully scrubbed, gowned and gloved.
The dental suite is where your pet’s teeth will be examined. We have modern equipment including a dental bath, electronic scaler, drill and polisher. Dentistry is carried out in a separate room to minimise the spread of airborne bacteria to surgical cases.
As you would expect from a modern veterinary hospital, at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital we have been using digital x-ray for many years now. Digital x-ray provides almost instant results of superb quality, to aid in diagnosis of many conditions.
In Spring 2021, we invested in a dedicated mobile dental radiography unit. Dental radiography is an integral part of dental procedures, allowing the veterinary surgeon to determine the health of the oral cavity below the gum-line. This is specifically vital for our feline patients of whom a large percentage suffer from Tooth Resorptions (TR), which can be hidden below the gum margin leading to chronic dental pain.
We have a large range of modern analysers that allow us to perform blood tests in-house and have the results in as little as 15 minutes, meaning your pet can be treated much quicker and more effectively.
We have blood analysers for biochemistry, haematology, electrolytes and blood gases. We regularly carry out tests on urine, skin and hair samples too. Faecal samples can also be carried out on exotic pets to check for common parasites like coccidia.
Pre-anaesthetic blood tests can be carried out on the morning, prior to your pet’s sedation.
We have a fully immersible, flexible gastroscope as well as a flexible bronchoscope. These allow us to see inside the oesophagus, stomach and the start of the duodenum, as well as the trachea, bronchi and bronchioles of large cats and most dogs (apart from the smallest ones).
This can be useful to diagnose foreign bodies, take stomach biopsies and diagnose several respiratory problems in a non-invasive way.
For more information contact us or ask your veterinary surgeon.
Laparoscopic surgery means your pet will experience less pain and a significantly reduced recovery time versus many types of classical, open abdominal veterinary surgeries. To perform veterinary laparoscopy, we cut a small incision, the size of a keyhole, in the dog’s belly. A special miniature laparoscopic camera is then inserted into the hole and real-time photo images from the camera are displayed on a monitor. This allows the surgeon to view individual organs inside the dog and to guide their surgical
We are currently using laparoscopy to perform ovariectomies on bitches over 8kg in bodyweight – a procedure termed “lap-spay”.
We have a dedicated, small animal ultrasound machine with which we can look at several of the body’s organs as well as using it for pregnancy diagnosis.
Ultrasonography is non-invasive and can frequently be performed without sedation or anaesthesia.
Our fully equipped and air-conditioned hospital provides a wide range of diagnostic equipment so that we can quickly diagnose and treat your pet. The equipment is briefly listed as follows:
- Endoscope – A thin, flexible tube which is used to look inside the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine.
- Bronchoscope – A flexible fibre-optic material with a light source and a camera on the end which is used to investigate issues in the airways.
- Ultrasound – An ultrasound is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your pet’s body and allows the vet to see problems with organs, vessels, and tissues without needing to make an incision. Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound uses no radiation.
- Digital Radiography – Here we use x-ray–sensitive plates that directly capture images during your pet’s examination, immediately transferring it to a computer system.
- Electrocardiography – An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can be used to check your pet’s heart rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by the heart each time it beats.
- Monitoring – We have a wide range of anaesthetic and blood pressure monitoring equipment to ensure your pet remains safe and stable throughout their time in and after surgery.
- Oxygen therapy – This is the act of supplementing the air that your pet breathes with extra oxygen. This is needed in many situations when they have breathing difficulties and struggle to absorb oxygen or transporting that oxygen around the body. Increasing the amount of oxygen they breathe in helps counteract the decreased availability of oxygen to the body tissue due to sickness or injury.