Surgical Services

Whatever the surgery anaesthetic is essential

Anaesthesia is a very important discipline within a Veterinary Surgery. We use an advanced, referral level anaesthesia monitoring system; this provides our Vets and Nurses with constant measurements of an animal’s heart rate, blood pressure, ECG (heart electrical activity), oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and temperature.

We also routinely maintain all of our surgical patients on a “Bair Hugger” blown warm air heating system to stop the patient becoming cold during surgery.

To further increase patient safety, we suggest a pre-anaesthetic blood test in our in-house laboratory. If the test results are normal we can proceed with confidence. If not, the information allows the Vet to discuss the findings with the owner and alter the anaesthetic protocol accordingly to further protect your pet.


Croft Vets performs all aspects of small animal dentistry from a routine dental scale and polish to clean the teeth, through to surgical extractions if required. We have a full suite of dental equipment, including a state-of-the-art digital dental x-ray unit, high-speed air driven dental drill, ultrasonic tooth cleaning and tooth polishing equipment.

Of course, we all know that our pets might not always pass the fresh breath test. However, if your pet has consistently strong smelling or offensive breath this may be a sign of a more serious dental problem. It is currently estimated that 70% of adult cats and dogs suffer from dental disease.

Early signs of dental disease

  • Smelly breath
  • Eating problems
  • Rubbing at the mouth
  • Red and sore-looking gums (gingivitis)

If your pet is showing any of these signs it is time for a dental check up!
Dental disease occurs in stages. The first stage is the formation of plaque on the surface of the teeth. Over time minerals cause the plaque to harden and to form calculus which appears as a hard-brown covering over the teeth. The tartar and calculus is a perfect breeding ground for bad bacteria leading to the development of periodontal disease – the inflammation and infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
Please feel free to pop in to see the practice nurse at one of their dental clinics for a free dental check and for some guidance on how to brush your pet’s teeth and keep them in good shape.

The first line of treatment we can provide against established dental disease is a routine ultrasonic scale and polish of the teeth performed under a general anaesthetic. However, if the disease has been allowed to progress, some teeth may need to be extracted.

Keep your pet healthy and happy.


The most common routine surgery we perform are neuterings. This means the removal of the womb and ovaries in our female patients and the removal of the testicles in our male patients.

Spaying and Castrating

These operations can be done in all pets, dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and our team are very experienced in them.
It is important that every pet has a pre-surgical consultation before the operation so we can assess their individual needs and talk you through the procedure. These can be done on the same day when they are admitted, or beforehand. Whichever you prefer.
Our charges for neutering vary depending on the size of the patient and the species. All our prices include pain relief and routine post operative check-ups.


Do bitches need to have had their first season or a litter of puppies before being spayed?
No, there are no health-related reasons for waiting until after her first season before spaying a bitch. It is often in the first season that bitches get ‘caught’ as their owners haven’t realised they were in season!
Will a neutered dog put on weight?
No, dogs will not put on weight as long as they are fed sensibly and get enough exercise.
Is neutering natural?
Keeping a dog in a domestic set-up is not ‘natural’ either. Where we provide food and exercise for our pet dogs, we also need to take the step of neutering to prevent them from reproducing or becoming frustrated; it is a very simple way to make your dog calmer and happier.
What does neutering mean?
Neutering is a routine operation that prevents male and female dogs from reproducing by removing their sexual organs – for male dogs it is called ‘castration’, and for female dogs the operation is called ‘spaying’. Both are carried out under general anaesthetic.
Why should I neuter my dog?

Neutering is a humane way to reduce the stray dog population, preventing thousands of unwanted puppies being born each year, that may be cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed.


  • Neutering encourages calmer, more predictable behaviour – making the dog a more suitable family pet.
  • It can help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour, preventing fighting, mounting and being destructive.
  • Female dogs usually come into season for about three weeks, twice a year. Whilst in season a bitch may act strangely – trying to run away in search of a mate and needing to be kept away from male dogs.
  • Male dogs’ behaviour can also change greatly when a local bitch is in season – they may be desperate to escape, even running into busy roads or jumping from high windows. Dogs that have been neutered young are also less likely to mark their territory or stray.


  • Pregnancy can cause significant health risks to your dog, causing her discomfort and to behave oddly. Neutering your dog also avoids the inconvenience and mess of having seasons.
  • Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life for both male and female dogs. It also stops bitches suffering from potentially fatal womb infections (known as pyometras).

More surgical services from Croft vets:

Endoscopy allows a visual examination of internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery. It was first described in the early 1800’s, but it was not until the late 1800’s that optical lenses were developed which could be used in viewing devices and endoscopy could start to be used.

Endoscopy is performed with either a rigid or flexible fibreoptic instrument. Flexible endoscopes such as those used in the examination of the stomach consist of a long, flexible insertion tube with a bending tip at the end that enters the body, an eyepiece, and a control section. The tip of the endoscope is manipulated using a control knob in the hand piece.

In addition to the fibre bundles which provide the light source, two channels are present within the endoscope. One channel permits various endoscopic tools to be passed and fluids to be suctioned or samples taken. The other allows air or water to be passed into the stomach/intestine to insufflate (inject air into the area), or wash away mucus from the viewing port.

Special video cameras can be attached to the endoscopes which allow viewing of the exam on a television screen, as well as recording the exam on video. The rigid endoscope cannot be used in some areas, such as the stomach because it does not have the bending tip, so it cannot be flexed to allow examination of all parts of the stomach.

Invasive Surgery
Our surgical suite is equipped with a complete range of surgical equipment.
This allows us to perform all aspects of small animal surgery ranging from the routine, but highly important, neutering procedures right through to complex soft tissue and orthopaedic (bony) procedures.

Surgery by definition is invasive and many operations requiring incisions of some size are referred to as open surgery, in which incisions made can sometimes leave large wounds that are painful and take a long time to heal.

Occasionally we have a patient who needs more specialist surgical care and we are lucky to have an extremely experienced surgeon, David Strong MRCVS, who will come to do these procedures in-house for us.
This means your pet can have expert care but you don’t need to visit an unfamiliar practice and all the post-operative care can be performed by our extensively qualified team.

However, sometimes we do need to refer to other specialists outside of our practice but we will only send you to someone we trust completely and will talk you through our decision making process with this step by step.

Keyhole Surgery (Laparoscopy)

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall provides magnified high-definition views of the internal organs allowing greater surgical precision.

Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy.

Other surgeries that can be done using this technique include:

  • Abdominally retained testicles
  • Liver and other internal organ biopsies
  • Visual examination of internal tumours
  • Internal bladder examination
  • Ear, nose and throat investigations

Offering Your Pet up to 65% Less Pain, the operation carries less risk and the rehabilitation time is much shorter. A better option for you to choose if you find yourself in that unfortunate position.

Orthopaedic Surgery
We’re proud to be a centre of excellence in Orthopaedic care for dogs and cats. Our highly trained surgeons investigate and treat a wide range of Orthopaedic conditions in both cats and dogs on a daily basis.

Cases typically referred to us include all forms of lameness, trauma fracture repair (mostly road traffic accidents) and the correction of limb deformities.

If you have been referred to us with an Orthopaedic issue you’ll be glad to know you’re in safe hands. Our team knows that an accurate diagnosis is crucial to ensuring the correct advice and treatment is given. That’s why we always give a thorough 45-minute consultation.

On-site access to conventional x-rays, ultrasound, electromyography, arthroscopy, and we can refer to a specialist hospital for CT & MRI scanning. We ensure that an exceptional service is provided for every patient.

Before we begin any treatment David Strong MRCVS, the local Orthopaedic surgeon will offer advice on your pet’s condition, the causes, the options for treatment, the prognosis and the costs that may be incurred along the way.

Please be aware our Orthopaedic team are happy to discuss difficult cases with professional colleagues, but cannot discuss specific cases with pet owners without a formal referral from their primary veterinary surgeon.

We look forward to welcoming you and your pets

Chesterfield: 01246 823 353

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