Soft Tissue Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Emergency Treatment
Intensive Care

At Allambie Vet, desexing surgeries are routinely performed with experienced surgeons in a sterile, controlled environment with the pet under a general anaesthetic. Desexing is recommended if you do not intend to breed your pet as this minimises sex-specific health risks later in life. 

Will desexing hurt my dog/cat?

All pets at Allambie Vet undergoing desexing procedures are provided with a pain relief plan before, during and after the surgery. We aim to make your pet's procedure a pain-free experience. 

Will my dog/cat still have sexual behaviour after desexing?

All pets behave differently, and certain behaviours such as ‘seeking’ behaviours may be reduced following desexing. However, it is important to note that some ‘sexual’ behaviours may remain, as it is a normal part of an animals instinctual behaviour.

We are equipped with the latest equipment, technology, experience and training to perform expert soft tissue surgeries when it is  indicated for a case. This ranges from biopsies and small lump removals to reconstructive surgeries and entire organ removals.   


What is the typical recovery time for soft tissue surgery?

The recovery time for soft tissue surgery varies depending on the patient and the size of the procedure. For larger procedures we may expect an extended recovery, whereas smaller procedures will have a much shorter timeframe. On average, most superficial surgeries will have a recovery period of 10-14 days, with an exponential improvement in the first 2-3 days. 

What should I do if there is an infection after soft tissue surgery?

Infection is a possible complication in all soft tissue surgeries. Infection normally manifests as redness, heat and discharge from a wound. If you suspect infection after your pet’s surgery, please book an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can assess the wound and implement the correct treatment.

We are equipped to perform complicated orthopaedic procedures in-house with experienced surgeons and high quality equipment. The orthopaedic procedures we see range from cranial cruciate ligament correction surgeries to fracture repairs. 

What is the most common orthopaedic surgery conducted on pets?

The most common orthopaedic surgery we see are knee and cruciate ligament correction surgeries such as Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomies (TPLOs) and Medial Luxating Patella surgeries (MLPs).

How do I care for a dog with a broken leg?

A dog with a broken leg should be assessed as soon as possible. Adequate pain relief and radiographs should be performed quickly to provide comfort and assess treatment options. All fracture cases vary depending on severity, however most broken legs will require surgical correction and bandaging as well as strict rest for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. 

Emergencies are always a terrifying experience. At Allambie Vet we are ready to help. During opening hours please contact us to have your pet assessed as soon as possible. For after-hours emergencies please contact Northside Emergency Veterinary Service (NEVS) or your closest emergency centre.

How do I know when to take action for emergency treatment?

Assessing your pet is stressful and difficult without experience. If you are concerned about the health of your pet please contact the experienced staff at Allambie Vet as soon as possible for help in assessing if your pet requires emergency treatment.

How long is the wait time generally for emergency treatment?

On arrival your pet will be triaged by one of our experienced team. Critical pets will be immediately seen and treated. Unwell, but stable, pets will be seen by the next available veterinarian to provide treatment and care as soon as possible. 

Allambie Vet has a dedicated intensive care ward for patients with serious illnesses requiring complex hospitalisation treatment plans. We have highly skilled staff that excel in providing prompt, cutting-edge veterinary care to even the most critical patients while using the latest technological advances. Our complex medical and surgical patients are monitored closely with high quality equipment. 

We understand that it can be a very difficult time when your pet becomes ill or is injured; therefore, we do our best not only to care for your pet as if they were our own, but also to communicate with you every step of the way. 

What can I expect when I arrive with my critically ill pet?
All phases of treatment are determined on a case-by-case basis. We understand how important it is to have a rapid response to extremely critical cases such as hit-by-car traumas. When you arrive, an emergency nurse will meet you in the reception, prepared to collect your pet for emergency treatment and stabilisation. This may include, but is not limited to: checking the pet’s temperature, pulse and respirations, assessing the pet’s level of consciousness, obtaining blood samples and blood pressure measurements, placing an intravenous catheter, providing oxygen support (via oxygen mask or endotracheal tube), and administering intravenous fluid therapy, pain management, and CPCR (cardio-pulmonary-cerebral resuscitation).

We will then obtain information from you regarding your pet’s medical history, as well as the current injury/illness.

No one likes the thought of their pet under going surgery but there are certain problems and routine procedures which require surgical intervention. There have been many recent advances in veterinary medicine and surgery. Diagnostics, anaesthesia, monitoring and surgical techniques have been developed to help ensure your pets recovery.

Anaesthesia in veterinary medicine is important and necessary to provide safe and pain-free treatment for pets. At Allambie Vet, we utilise high quality anaesthetic and monitoring equipment with an experienced veterinary team.

How safe is anaesthesia for small pets?

All anaesthesia carries some risk, however we endeavour to provide the safest environment possible for your pet undergoing anaesthesia. Pre-anaesthetic blood testing and thorough physical examination are steps we recommend prior to any anaesthetic procedure. During the anaesthetic we use state of the art monitoring equipment to carefully track your pet’s vital parameters to ensure any abnormalities, if they occur, are picked up early. Following anaesthesia, your pet is monitored closely during the recovery period and provided any pain relief or medication they require. All of these steps are taken very seriously so that your loved one can get home safely.

Can you guarantee my pet won’t feel anything while under anaesthesia?

All pets undergoing anaesthesia at Allambie Vet are provided with pain relief (analgesia) as part of a "pre-medication" to keep your pet comfortable before and during anaesthesia, and to minimise the anaesthetic drugs required on the day. The type and level of pain relief provided may be increased depending on the patient and the procedure. All patients are provided ongoing pain relief after the procedure and at home until they are considered comfortable. 

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