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Keyhole Surgery

Laparoscopy, or minimally-invasive surgery, is a way to explore the organs of your pet's abdomen using only tiny key-hole incisions. Using these incision, just a few mm long, we insert a camera and our surgical instruments to perform the surgery.
Laparoscopy is a less traumatic and painful alternative to traditional surgery. 
It is also a safer method of surgery because everything that is done is under direct magnified visualization. Organs, such as your pet's ovaries, do not need to be manually handled to allow the surgery to be performed, so there is less trauma to the internal structures of your pet's abdomen.
One use of Keyhole Surgery which is very popular is a canine ovariectomy or spay (the procedure for neutering a female dog).

So What's The Difference Between An Open Spay And A Keyhole Spay?

  • Open surgery involves a single incision is made down the midline of the dog's abdomen. The ovaries and uterus are removed. There is a 10-14 day recovery period.

  • Keyhole surgery involves two very small incisions with minimal discomfort.

  • The ovaries are removed. There is a 3 day recovery period.

What Are The Advantages Of A Keyhole Spay?

  • Minimal discomfort and quick healing.

  • Most dogs return to normal activity 3 days after keyhole surgery.

  • Keyhole surgery is fast becoming the 'standard of care' in veterinary just as it is in the human field.

Other Keyhole Procedures

  • Retained abdominal testicle removal

  • Liver investigations and biopsies

Niall performing a laparoscopic surgery


The Orthopaedics service at Ashwood is provided by:

Dr Patrick McKee BSc BVetMed MRVCS

Dr Niall Thompson MVB CertAVP PGCertVPS MRCVS

Patrick and Niall have a wealth of experience between them in the management of orthopaedic cases.
Cases usually start with a comprehensive consultation with Patrick or Niall.

We accept referrals for orthopaedic problems and lameness investigations.

Soft Tissue Surgery

We are performing soft tissue surgery on a daily basis, from neutering surgeries to lump, wounds and surgical cancer treatment. We also provide advanced soft tissue surgical options.

Here are some soft tissue surgeries we offer:
  • Neutering
  • Hernia repair
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)
  • surgery
  • Bladder surgery including colposuspension
  • Anal gland removal
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Abdominal and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Colorectal and perineal surgery
  • Wound treatment
  • Cancer surgery
  • Lump removal
  • Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) and Lateral Bulla Osteotomy (LBO)


We perform dental treatment for dogs and cats every day.

We check our teeth twice a day whenever we brush, but what about your cat or dog?

Teeth will naturally build up a layer of plaque over time, eventually leading to bacteria and tartar build-up. As a result, our pets end up with a red gum line (gingivitis), tooth pain/infection, bad breath and a bacterial risk to the heart and liver.

Where possible, we want to prevent this happening. So what can we do?
  • Remove tartar, scale and polish the teeth.
  • Perform digital dental x-rays to confirm tooth quality.
  • Treat and manage any dental disease.

Lift that lip - what can you see?

Lift your pet's lip and check their teeth. Book an appointment with one of our vets or a free nurse dental check.

Laser Therapy

Arthritis, wounds, muscle injuries, bone healing and more!

  • Speeds up recovery time, reduces discomfort, and pets love it!

  • Controls inflammation in cases of inflammatory bowel disease, cystitis, and many more conditions.​

  • Soothes chronic pain such as arthritis, muscle pain, and back injuries.

We get great results!


Medical Investigations


  • State of the art medical equipment in-house:

    • ​Video rhinoscope and laparoscopic (Keyhole) equipment​​

    • In-house blood and urinalysis machines

    • Abdominal and cardiac ultrasonography

    • Digital x-rays

    • Dental x-rays

    • Oscillometric blood pressure measurement

    • Otoscope and Ophthalmoscope 

  • Access to additional specialist advice when needed.

Medical conditions are managed by our highly qualified team of vets & nurses.


Pet Insurance

Good pet insurance is vital for the majority of our clients. 

If your dog is under 12 months old we can help you set up 4 weeks FREE insurance with PetPlan. 

PetPlan is the company we choose to work most closely with and their lifetime policies are excellent.

There are many pet insurance companies and policies out there, however, for our clients with PetPlan pet insurance we waive our claim-administration fee. 

We would love to talk to you about pet insurance. 

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We have a wealth of experience in dermatology, with nearly 50% of all our consultations involving your pets skin, ears or feet.

Common signs of a skin issue:
  • Itchy skin/feet/ears
  • Reddened skin
  • Excessive licking
  • Sores on the skin
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Brown staining of feet or over-licked areas
  • Greasy feeling fur/skin
  • Bad smell from the skin that bathing doesn't get rid of
If your pet has any of these signs, they may have a skin issue. Please don't hesitate to book an appointment to see one of our vets.
Our dermatology service involves:
  • A thorough assessment of your pets diet, environment, and what the problem is.​
  • A comprehensive veterinary examination of your pet.
  • If investigation is indicated, this is tailored to your pet, based on their presenting signs and history. These may include, one or more of the following:
    • Skin scrapings to assess for evidence of external parasites.​
    • Skin and ear samples for cytological or histological assessment.
    • Swabs to send for skin/ear bacterial culture and sensitivity.
    • Allergy testing (blood sampling), allowing us to make an allergy vaccination if appropriate.
  • We have access to gold-standard dermatology therapies, that can effectively treat and manage your pets skin/ear issues for the long-term.​
  • Each pet is treated as an individual, Our advice on dermatology management is multifactorial, looking at everything from your pets diet and environment, to therapy options.
If your pet is experiencing any of the above signs, please don't hesitate to book an appointment to see one of our vets.

Do you want to save money & have access to an UNLIMITED amount of consultations?

Head to our Pet Club page to find out more!


Every day our RVNs are seeing clients and patients for:

  • Blood sampling

  • Injections

  • Advising on treatment plans

  • Clipping nails

  • Anal glands

  • Dental checks

  • Post-operative checks

  • Nutrition


Puppy and Kitten Packs

Congratulations! We can’t wait to meet your new puppy or kitten.

What Do I Get In My Puppy Pack?

  • Primary vaccination course (including Kennel Cough Vaccine)

  • Full veterinary health check

  • Worming, flea and tick treatment

  • Microchipping

  • 4 Weeks FREE PetPlan pet insurance

  • Discount voucher for Neutering

  • Discount voucher for next year's vaccinations

  • Lots of cuddles & love from the whole team!

What Do I Get In My Kitten Pack?

  • Primary vaccination course

  • Full veterinary health check

  • Worming, flea and tick treatment

  • Microchipping

  • 4 Weeks FREE PetPlan pet insurance

  • Discount voucher for Neutering

  • Discount voucher for next year's vaccinations

  • Lots of cuddles & love from the whole team!