Our vets are all experienced in soft tissue surgery, although Chris Ridge BVetMed BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS is our most experienced surgeon.
Cancer affects our companions and successful treatment depends on early diagnosis usually by a biopsy procedure. Many dog and cat cancers can be effectively treated by early surgery which to be effective is often complicated needing careful planning. Chris has wide experience and training in these surgeries.
Ear problems are very common and most can be successfully treated with medication. In some unfortunate cases chronic changes set in and surgery is the only option to control pain. Chris has many years of experience and training with these cases carrying out the TECA-LBO. The surgery is often difficult but it is an absolute joy to see an animal in pain restored to normal within a few days of the operation.
Our brachycephalic (short nosed) dog breeds (Pugs, English and French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and some of the other Bull breeds) do a lot of snoring although this is sometimes comic and endearing in some dogs it can represent a serious problem struggling to get air into the lungs. In these patients Chris will do surgery to shorten and thin the soft palpate which is too long, change the shape of the nostrils to open them and address any problems further back in the larynx.
Older dogs with normal length noses sometimes start to make a strange noise when excited for a different reason. This is caused by the vocal folds flapping like saloon doors rather than being pulled out of the way when the pet breaths in. In some cases the problem damages the pet’s quality of life and ability to exercise and enjoy life. Chris is experienced at doing the tie-back operation where one of the vocal folds is fixed in an open position to give a better airway.
We commonly need to do surgery of the abdomen to remove swallowed objects that have gone beyond the reach of the endoscope, pebbles, corn cobs, peach stones, bar towels (honestly), socks and underwear (several times in the same dog) and part of an insulated MOD food container have all been removed from dogs intestines by Raddenstiles over the years – this surgery needs careful attention to detail but is highly successful.
Cats are normally a bit more careful and fastidious in what they eat, but butchers string, tinsel, pencil erasers and a knot of wood have been successfully removed from the intestines of our more adventurous feline friends.
Other reasons for abdominal surgery include gall bladder removal, liver biopsy and removal of tumours, we recently removed a gallstone the size of a pidgeon’s egg from small Yorkshire Terrier.
Our vets are all experienced in abdominal surgery.
Usually surgery on the kidneys, bladder and associated plumbing often for the removal of stones causing a painful blockage or those too big to dissolve with diet changes. Male cats occasionally block completely needing an emergency procedure.
Common in humans for cardiac bypass operations and the like. It is rarer in our animal patients, when we do it a whole team of veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses are in the theatre to make sure things progress smoothly and to plan. Chris is experienced at these procedures, which include partial lung removal using titanium stapling devices, tumour removals and correction of patent ductus arteriosus (an abnormal blood vessel near the heart that fails to shut of shortly after birth).