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What happens if your pet is admitted to the hospital?

What happens if your pet is admitted to the hospital?

When your pet is in the hospital we try and keep them in as much of a routine as possible in regards to their current medication or diet, (if you would like to bring it in for them, please be aware that we do not accept raw diets for patients in the hospital).

Phoning for an update on your pet

Our staff will meet every morning to make a plan for each patient for that day.

A member of the team should contact you daily to update you on your pet’s progress or when there is a change in the treatment plan. You are more than welcome to call us anytime if you are worried about your pet or need more information, please bear in mind that the veterinary surgeon in charge of your pets care may not always be available to speak to you, as they may be with other patients, but the nursing team will be happy to help.

Visiting

You are always welcome to visit your hospitalised pet at ChesterGates as long as it does not interfere with their nursing care or treatment. Sometimes your pet would love a visit and other times it can have a negative effect on their recovery. If you wish to visit your pet please contact our nursing team who will advise you if this is possible and when would be the best time, if your pet is in isolation unfortunately you will be unable to visit them during their stay.

This is probably the last thing on your mind when your pet is ill and we understand this, but we will try and keep you up to date with your account daily via text message. If you require any information on or an update on your account please feel free to ask.

 

 

Hospital Wards

We do have separate dog and cat wards at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.

All of the wards are staffed 24-hours a day by veterinary surgeons, we also have registered veterinary nurses and kennel assistant whose sole purpose is to ensure all aspects of in-patient care is met. The main dog ward is air-conditioned for total comfort. The cat ward is bright and sunny. The wards and kennels are cleaned several times a day ensuring the highest standards of hygiene and comfort for your pet. We have a grassed area outside the building where your pet can have a little walk and some fresh air if they are well enough to do this.

Hospital Wards

Theatres

We have three modern operating theatres equipped with climate control.

They are all fully equipped for anaesthesia and monitoring with access to pressurised air for driving surgical tools. Touch screen computers are mounted in each theatre to access patients' clinical notes, radiographs and MRI/CT scans. We have strict hygiene controls in theatre and theatre attire is worn at all times.

Theatres

Diagnostic imaging

Our diagnostic facilities are equipped to perform videoendoscopic examinations of the body systems, emergency blood analysis, electrocardiography, invasive and non-invasive blood pressure measurement.

ADVANCED IMAGING We have a fluoroscopy unit which uses X-ray to let us see images of the inside of the body in motion, a colour-flow Doppler ultrasound machine which allows cardiac and abdominal investigations. We also have our own 1.5 tesla MRI scanner and a 16 slice CT scanner and arthroscopy for diagnosing and treating joint problems.

Diagnostic imaging

Radioiodine

We are very pleased to be able to offer radioiodine therapy for hyperthyroid cats

The radioactive isotope, Iodine-131 (131I), resolves hyperthyroidism painlessly by destroying abnormal thyroid cells. A single injection is successful in around 95% of cats. Our specialists inject the substance under the skin at the scruff of the neck and they are hospitalised for 2 weeks following this

Radioiodine