Surgery

We are very proud of our state-of-the-art clinics in Tralee and Castleisland /Ballymacelligott that have had major facelifts lately.

We have brand new anaesthetic systems and surgical suites with 6 channel monitoring to ensure the safest possible anaesthetic for your pet.

Soft Tissue surgery and cancer care

We have a high quality in-house laboratory and access to world-class pathology experts to diagnose the problem and allow treatment to start immediately. We can use biopsy sampling, blood samples, ultrasound and x-ray to identify the problem and decide on a treatment plan.

We can treat the cancer with surgery to remove the tumour or one of a variety of chemotherapy treatments we offer where appropriate. Every pet is treated as an individual and all options are discussed with you so that together we can decide on the best treatment for your pet.

We offer a full range of common soft tissue surgery such as:

  • Neutering
  • Caesarean section
  • Cystotomy to remove bladder stones
  • Tumour removal
  • Liver biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Intestinal surgery to remove masses and foreign bodies.
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome surgery to treat breathing issues
  • Ear surgeries eg. Total Ear Canal Ablation and Ventral Bulla Osteotomy


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small animal surgery Tralee

Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic cases seen at Holmes Veterinary include lameness investigations and surgical treatments for bone, ligament or tendon injuries and abnormalities. We have invested in the latest equipment and training to ensure the best outcomes for your pet.

A lameness investigation consists of taking a detailed history, observing the patient walking to assess lameness and gait, followed by an in-depth physical examination including palpating for evidence of swelling or muscle wastage, looking for signs of pain, assessing range of motion, joint stability and feeling for crepitation. Basic neurological tests are performed to assess for delays in conscious proprioception. In many cases the cause of lameness can be localised to specific areas which allows further investigations such as advanced imaging to help make a diagnosis.

We will then use our high definition x-ray system or ultrasound to make a diagnosis. We have the facility to refer a patient for advanced imaging such as CT or MRI should the need arise.

Examples of regular surgeries include Fractures, Cruciate ligament repair, Hip luxations, Amputations.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a wonderful examination and diagnostic tool that we offer here at Holmes Veterinary. An endoscope is a long tube with a camera at the end of it. Endoscopy is used to explore and sample parts of the gastrointestinal system, lungs, and the nasal cavity. This procedure does require your cat or dog  undergoing a general anaesthetic so is only advised if felt necessary by our vets. Endoscopes are a fantastic way of quickly diagnosing illnesses or injuries in your pet that we otherwise might not be able to see.  

Surgery

You will be given an admission appointment where a vet or vet nurse will do a full clinical examination of your pet to ensure they are fit enough for the procedure. If your pet has not had a pre-anaesthetic blood test, we will discuss it with you in this appointment. This blood test assesses liver and kidney function which we cannot assess in the clinical exam. With the results we can anticipate any potential issues and adjust the anaesthetic in accordance.

Once admitted your pet will be given a pre medication including highly effective pain relief in preparation for the surgery. Once administered they become sleepy and relaxed which makes their induction smooth and straight forward.

During the surgery a nurse will monitor your pets vital signs and keep them warm and comfortable the whole time.

After the surgery while your pet is in recovery a nurse will stay and monitor them. They will be kept on comfortable bedding and offered food and water as soon as appropriate.

Your pet will be scheduled to receive pain relief in the hours after the operation to keep them comfortable.

They will be hospitalised overnight and physiotherapy will commence to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible.

At discharge a vet will go through all the necessary aftercare as well as providing written information and guidelines. We are always at the end of a phonecall for further support. Different information sheets are provided for all owners at discharge. We work with the client and pet to ensure the best plan of action is undertaken. Recovery is often the most difficult and stressful stage for owners and we provide all the support we can to allow the recovery to go smoothly.

Your pet will be booked in for revisit appointments with the vets and nurses to ensure they are progressing and recovering well over the coming weeks.

We will provide step by step support the whole way through.

 

We have brand new anaesthetic systems and surgical suites with 6 channel monitoring to ensure the safest possible anaesthetic for your pet.

Soft Tissue surgery and cancer care

We have a high quality in-house laboratory and access to world-class pathology experts to diagnose the problem and allow treatment to start immediately. We can use biopsy sampling, blood samples, ultrasound and x-ray to identify the problem and decide on a treatment plan.

We can treat the cancer with surgery to remove the tumour or one of a variety of chemotherapy treatments we offer where appropriate. Every pet is treated as an individual and all options are discussed with you so that together we can decide on the best treatment for your pet.

We offer a full range of common soft tissue surgery such as:

  • Neutering
  • Caesarean section
  • Cystotomy to remove bladder stones
  • Tumour removal
  • Liver biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Intestinal surgery to remove masses and foreign bodies.
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome surgery to treat breathing issues
  • Ear surgeries eg. Total Ear Canal Ablation and Ventral Bulla Osteotomy


Check out our gallery
to see our investments.

Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic cases seen at Holmes Veterinary include lameness investigations and surgical treatments for bone, ligament or tendon injuries and abnormalities. We have invested in the latest equipment and training to ensure the best outcomes for your pet.

A lameness investigation consists of taking a detailed history, observing the patient walking to assess lameness and gait, followed by an in-depth physical examination including palpating for evidence of swelling or muscle wastage, looking for signs of pain, assessing range of motion, joint stability and feeling for crepitation. Basic neurological tests are performed to assess for delays in conscious proprioception. In many cases the cause of lameness can be localised to specific areas which allows further investigations such as advanced imaging to help make a diagnosis.

We will then use our high definition x-ray system or ultrasound to make a diagnosis. We have the facility to refer a patient for advanced imaging such as CT or MRI should the need arise.

Examples of regular surgeries include Fractures, Cruciate ligament repair, Hip luxations, Amputations.

 

small animal surgery Tralee

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a wonderful examination and diagnostic tool that we offer here at Holmes Veterinary. An endoscope is a long tube with a camera at the end of it. Endoscopy is used to explore and sample parts of the gastrointestinal system, lungs, and the nasal cavity. This procedure does require your cat or dog  undergoing a general anaesthetic so is only advised if felt necessary by our vets. Endoscopes are a fantastic way of quickly diagnosing illnesses or injuries in your pet that we otherwise might not be able to see.  

Surgery

You will be given an admission appointment where a vet or vet nurse will do a full clinical examination of your pet to ensure they are fit enough for the procedure. If your pet has not had a pre-anaesthetic blood test, we will discuss it with you in this appointment. This blood test assesses liver and kidney function which we cannot assess in the clinical exam. With the results we can anticipate any potential issues and adjust the anaesthetic in accordance.

Once admitted your pet will be given a pre medication including highly effective pain relief in preparation for the surgery. Once administered they become sleepy and relaxed which makes their induction smooth and straight forward.

During the surgery a nurse will monitor your pets vital signs and keep them warm and comfortable the whole time.

After the surgery while your pet is in recovery a nurse will stay and monitor them. They will be kept on comfortable bedding and offered food and water as soon as appropriate.

Your pet will be scheduled to receive pain relief in the hours after the operation to keep them comfortable.

They will be hospitalised overnight and physiotherapy will commence to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible.

At discharge a vet will go through all the necessary aftercare as well as providing written information and guidelines. We are always at the end of a phonecall for further support. Different information sheets are provided for all owners at discharge. We work with the client and pet to ensure the best plan of action is undertaken. Recovery is often the most difficult and stressful stage for owners and we provide all the support we can to allow the recovery to go smoothly.

Your pet will be booked in for revisit appointments with the vets and nurses to ensure they are progressing and recovering well over the coming weeks.

We will provide step by step support the whole way through.