Integral to the provision of our surgical provision is our anaesthesia team. When you hear your horse needs an operation either for an elective procedure or for an emergency such as a surgical colic it is easy to overlook the anaesthesia.
Horses are at much higher risk of complications from general anaesthesia due to their large size so for every horse undergoing anaesthesia it is important to consider all the risks when making the decision whether to proceed. It is also vital that every horse is carefully evaluated and monitored before, during and after general anaesthesia to reduce the risks of complications. The use of our laboratory facilities, padded induction room, sophisticated monitoring equipment, mechanical ventilation and dedicated team of veterinary surgeons trained in anaesthesia alongside meticulous planning help us to minimise these risks.
Prior to surgery
Please notify your insurer that your horse needs to undergo general anaesthetic
If possible, organise to have your farrier remove your horses’ shoes prior to arrival or they may need to be removed by a member of staff at an additional cost here at the clinic. We remove shoes to decrease the risk of injury to your horse during lying down prior to the surgery and standing up afterwards
Pre-op Bloods can be done at this stage and the indications for this will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
You will receive a phone call once your horse is up and standing after surgery with a follow up plan and when we hope your horse will be able to go home.