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FAQ's - Pet
How can I prepare for surgery and what should I expect on the day?
A Rata Information sheet about your pet’s procedure can be supplied to you by your own vet prior to surgery for you to read. These can also be viewed on our website in the resources section. Your vet will have given specific instructions regarding preparation of your pet for the anaesthetic.
Can I speak to the surgeon performing surgery on my pet prior to the procedure?
Yes. We recommend this so that the surgeon can explain the procedure itself and ensure you undertand and potential risks as well as requirements in the recovery period.
Why does my pet need a pre-surgery assessment?
Orthopaedic (bone) procedures often require metal implants to be inserted and as such sterility (cleanliness) is critical to reduce the risk of infections. We may decide not to operate where there are significant skin or ear infections or where your pet is unwell for some other reason. This is why a check prior to surgery is performed by your own vet.
Are the vets at Rata Surgery qualified to a higher level?
Yes. Our surgeons have all obtained further training in small animal surgery. Typically they are recognised as Advanced Practitioners by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
My pet has had surgery with a Rata surgeon and I am unsure of what I should do for him/her following the surgery?
We endeavour to keep you as informed as possible. At this stage, you should already be in possession of the information sheets relating to your pet’s procedure which will detail exercise restrictions and physio exercises. If in any doubt please contact your primary vet.
My dog/cat is doing great following surgery and wants to go for a walk, is this ok?
You will have been given strict instructions, regarding exercise restriction following surgery, that will have been tailored to your pet’s specific surgery. It is vital you follow these instructions carefully because over-exercising too soon can lead to serious complications such as bone fractures.
My pet has had surgery with one of your surgeons and I am concerned about his/her progress, what should do?
We always recommend you see your practice vet as soon as possible if you have a concern. Your vet can make an assessment and contact us for advice or reassessment if required. In the event that a review with one of our surgeons is necessary, we will arrange this through your vet at the earliest opportunity.
I would like a Rata Vet Surgeon to operate on my pet, how can I arrange this?
We work on a referral basis whereby your vet submits a request for surgery based on your pet’s condition. A discussion with your own vet will establish whether this would be the best option for your pet.
It has been recommended my pet needs hydrotherapy or physiotherapy. How do I find an appropriate therapist/centre
We strongly encourage that any physiotherapy or hydrotherapy (preferably using an underwater treadmill) is carried out by a suitably qualified person as they will have the ability to recognise and correct poor posture or mobility. They should also have suitable insurance. Unfortunately, there is no collective directory of Veterinary Physiotherapists or Hydrotherapists. Below is a list of the larger and more recognised representative bodies that we would recommend you look for when searching for a suitable physio/hydrotherapist. - - National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) – their website lists Veterinary Physiotherapists who have qualified by degree, masters or post graduate diploma training. https://www.navp.co.uk/ Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) – they provide details of Veterinary Physiotherapists who initially trained in human physiotherapy before moving to the Veterinary field. https://www.acpat.org/ Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) – their website contains a list of centres and their hydrotherapists. Hydrotherapy centres are visited by the association and members are qualified and abide by a code of conduct. https://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/ National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (NARCH) – their website allows you to search for hydrotherapists with appropriate training for water-based rehabilitation. https://narch.org.uk/Home/Index A Hydro/Physiotherapist will require a simple referral from your vet. In most circumstances the therapist will contact your vet on your behalf and ask them to fill out a form detailing your pet’s history and reason for referral.