Postoperative care and successful recovery are highly dependent on pain relief, patient warming, nursing care and post-surgery physiotherapy. Pets can’t tell us they are in pain, so we provide significant pain relief after surgery including injections, oral tablets, drips and innovative narcotic patches applied to the skin. Patients are discharged with anti-inflammatories as well. Patient warming during and after surgery improves wound healing, comfort and anaesthetic recovery while decreasing infection risk. We use electrically heated surgery tables, pre-warmed fluids and forced warm-air beds during recovery.
Southpaws have one of the highest nurse-patient ratios in the industry, with our nurses being highly skilled and compassionate. We have 24 / 7 / 365 veterinary and nursing care on-site. Because we don’t routinely see emergency patients, our overnight staff are dedicated to in-patient care. We will often recommend physiotherapy as part of the recovery process. We will give you guidance for exercises you can do at home and how to seek the support of a professional animal physiotherapist.