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Southfield Veterinary Centre offers expert veterinary consultations and treatment for all companion animals during our normal consulting hours, with a 24 hour emergency service available outside of these hours. Our practice has a fully equipped pharmacy so that the vast majority of medication is available at the time of initial consultation. Our waiting and consulting rooms are spacious and modern with separate areas for cats and dogs. We also have extensive diagnostic and surgical facilities: For more information please see the facilities page.
We have full operating facilities within the surgery allowing for soft tissue, abdominal and orthopaedic surgical procedures. For more information please see the facilities page.
Verity Griffiths has extensive experience in surgery and provides a number of advanced procedures. With the assistance of our diagnostic team and other surgeons we use digital radiography, ultrasound and arthroscopy to allow diagnosis of many challenging cases.
We specialise in:
- Fracture repair – Depending upon what presents we can repair fractures using dynamic compression plates, pinning, screws, wires and external fixation.
- Cruciate disease – We offer Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) together with Lateral Fabella Suture stabilisation. We also offer other stifle surgery techniques.
- Arthroscopy and joint surgery – Particularly elbows and shoulders when appropriate.
- Spinal surgery – We do however seek advanced diagnostics not yet available to us on site such as CT scanning and MRI.
Soft tissue surgery
The following are some of the procedures we offer in addition to routine surgery:
- Total Ear Canal Ablations and Lateral Bullae Osteotomy (TECA/LBO)
- Laryngeal Tieback
- Intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal surgery
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Gastrodilation volvulus (GDV) and a variety of gastopexy techniques
- Perineal hernia repair
- Surgery of the urogenital tract
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Wound reconstruction particularly after tumor removal
Both Verity and Alice have additional qualifications in acupuncture and so can offer this valuable adjunctive therapy. This has proven to be useful in a variety of situations including spinal disease, arthritis and a variety of chronic diseases.
Diseases of the skin, including ears and claws, are a very common reason for pet owners to present their animals to their veterinary surgery. Diagnosis, and management is at times quite challenging. Recurrent skin irritation leading to symptoms such as excessive scratching, rubbing, nibbling, over grooming, hair loss and malodorous skin is especially frustrating and distressing for the pet, the owner and the veterinary surgeon concerned. Repeated visits can for chronic or recurring cases become costly and time consuming. At Southfield, Rik Vanhoutteghem has a special interest and post graduate qualifications in Veterinary Dermatology allowing accurate diagnoses of skin diseases, effective treatment and improved outcomes for pets and their owners.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that bases its therapeutics on the principle of ‘let likes be cured by likes’. The medicines used may be derived from animal, vegetable or mineral sources and, in latter times, remedies have also been derived from man-made substances. The initial requirement for treatment is knowledge of what effect a particular remedy or substance will have on a healthy body (i.e. what signs and symptoms it can provoke in a healthy body). The signs and symptoms presented by a sick animal or person are then compared to this ‘symptom picture’ of the various medicines, choosing that medicine which is the closest ‘match’.
There is no risk of:
- toxic side-effects
- medicine residues in farm animal products
- ‘doping’ or residues in sporting animals
- stimulation of antibiotic resistance. Laboratory animal research is not required for its development.
The strategy of a homeopathic consultation is to find the correct stimulus for the body’s inherent healing potential (i.e. the correct homeopathic remedy) and, as an essential adjunct to this, to remove or to minimise any factors and influences that could obstruct or impede that healing process. For this reason, attention to the patient’s diet is an essential part of the procedure, with a conscious attempt to feed each species as naturally and as healthily as possible, in line with its evolved needs.
The homeopathic consultation will also involve enquiry into the individual’s entire history, social as well as medical, in order to find the closest matching remedy to stimulate healing. The consultation is therefore considerably longer than a routine veterinary consultation.
Homeopathy exists without a recognised body of evidence for its use. Furthermore, it is not based on sound scientific principles. In order to protect animal welfare, we regard such treatments as being complementary rather than alternative to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base or which are based in sound scientific principles.
‘It is vital to protect the welfare of animals committed to the care of the veterinary profession and the public’s confidence in the profession that any treatments not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles do not delay and replace those that do.’
A prescribed rehabilitation programme can offer tremendous benefits to post-operative and post-injury patients. The same applies to patients suffering with long term conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.
Physiotherapy uses hands on techniques, electrotherapy and exercise therapy. It is a highly effective aid to post-surgery recovery: relieving pain, restoring function and speeding the recovery process.
Physiotherapy is also used very successfully in the long term management of conditions and can be a useful adjunct to assist the diagnostic process.
Conditions that will benefit from physiotherapy include:
- Lameness (including undiagnosed
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Medically unwell animals – requiring prolonged rest or immobilisation
- Canine massage
At Southfields we offer behaviour consultations.
Examples of the sorts of behaviour that these consultations address include;
- Barking inappropriately
- Jumping up
- Stealing food
- Urinating in the house
- Spraying urine in the house
- Crying at night
- Scratching furniture
- Excessively grooming
Our Nurses offer a range of free clinics, these include:
- Dental healthcare – available as a routine check or post dental treatment, our nurses can advise on all aspects of dental hygiene
- Slimming/weight clinics – for any patients who may have trouble controlling their weight, dietary advice and regular monitoring are available (reword)
- Puppy and kitten clinics – to give you help with the first few months of having your new pet
- Puppy parties – These offer your puppy a valuable opportunity to socialise with other puppies of different breeds and sizes in a safe environment. Receive valuable advice on how you can prevent future behavioural issues now, whilst your puppy is at an impressionable stage of their social development.
We have an underwater treadmill and Caroline Drysdale our qualified hydrotherapist operates this service. Hydrotherapy is a very useful complementary treatment for our post operative orthopaedic patients, for weight loss and those patients with arthritis to aid mobility. We offer this service to our neighbouring practices.
Beverley Gilmour a level 3 qualified groomer offers a range of services including clipping, bathing, trimming, hand stripping, nail clips and ear and teeth cleaning.
Beverly is a City and Guilds Level 3 qualified groomer and she has many years experience of working with all breeds of dogs. Beverley is a member of the Pet Industry Federation and regularly takes part in further training to keep up to date with the latest innovations. Beverley offers a range of services including clipping, bathing, trimming, hand stripping, nail clips and ear and teeth cleaning. Beverley also offers a collection and delivery service.