With over 90 years of experience between the Veterinary Surgeons, we offer a wide range of services to suit you and your pets needs.
Here at Harvest we can provide, but are not limited too, the following surgeries:
- Dental treatments – Scale & Polish and Extractions
- Anal Sacculectomy
- Hernia Repair
- Caesarian – planned or emergency
- Exploratory surgeries
- BOAS and Cherry Eye
- Bilateral/Lateral Wall Resection
- Ear Flush
- Stitch Up and Wound Care
- Keyhole – Spay & Biopsies
We offer neuturing services for a variety of species.
What does neuturing mean?
Neutering is the general term used for the surgical removal of the reproductive organs in both male and female pets
- Castration is the removal of the testicles of the male.
- Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female, or just the ovarian tissue during keyhole surgery for female dogs.
The cost of neutering is calculated based on your pet’s weight. For an up-to-date costing and for availability, please give the surgery a call on 01293 884422.
Brachycephalic Specialist Surgeries
Herea t Harvest, we can provide cherry eye and BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome) surgeries.
What breeds are Brachycephalic?
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Lhasa Apso
- Shih Tsu
What is cherry eye?
Cherry eye is a common condition inherited in certain breeds, more so our Brachycephalic breeds. Unlike humans, dogs have three eyelids rather then two. Cherry eye occurs when there is a problem caued by the tear gland (Nictitans Gland) in the third eyelid. This tends to become swollen and red, covering part of the eye. The third eyelid provides a protective function for the eye, as well as assisting with the spread of tears across the surface to help moisturise the eye.
What causes cherry eye?
Normally the gland is held in position by a ligament which attaches it to the eye socket, however, the attachment can become weak, which may allow the gland to pop up and out of position.
It is common for both eyes to become affected, and may not occur at the same time.
Because tear production is so important for the health of the eye, we would always advise that this condition is corrected to prevent long term irritation and potential damage to the dog’s eye. We may temporarily prescribe some eye drops to make the eye more comfortable, however, to resolve the problem, surgery is required to correct the gland.
What are the symptoms of cherry eye?
Symptoms of cherry eye result in the characteristic appearance of a pink blob in the corner of the dog’s eye, which protrudes near the nose. Your dog’s eye may become dry, irritated, red and inflamed as a result, as well as some abnormal discharge leaking from the eyes. Cherry eye can be aggravated by your dog’s paw if they rub their face.
What is Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome?
This condition refers to the range of breathing problems our flat nosed friends can suffer with, mainly referring to comprised air movement through the upper airways.
Recent research suggest the condition occurs in approximately 40% of English bulldogs, 45% of French Bulldogs and around 60% of Pugs. Worryingly, in 40% of these cases, the dog has been diagnosed as obese.
What are the causes of BOAS?
BOAS is the result of multiple factors affecting the dogs airflow in to the lungs. These problems can be caused by the following factors:
- Soft palate – the fleshy bit at the back of the mouth can be excessively long in Brachycephalics so therefore dangles over the airway, causing obstruction.
- Narrow trachea (windpipe) – increases the resistance of air being breathed in.
- The larynx – the structure that holds open the airway in the throat and can collapse, narrowing the airway and increasing resistance to air when breathing.
- Nostrils – narrowed nostrils increase resistance to air through the nose.
What are the symptoms of BOAS?
The signs of BOAS are varied and can range in severity, symptoms can include some or all of the following:
- Snorting or snoring at rest or during exercise
- Clear nasal discharge
- Reduced or poor exercise tolerance
- Difficulty breathing during exercise
- Prolonged recovery after exercise or following exposure to warmer conditions
- Poor tolerance to heat stress
- Restlessness at night
- Sleep apnoea
- Retching, regurgitation, vomiting
- Collapse due to lack of air.