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New Flea Treatment

We have launched two new flea products in to the practice to provide your pets with the best quality treatments available. Please find details under our Information Centre.

Contact Details

The Crossings Veterinary Centre
8-10 Saint Johns Way
Downham Market
Norfolk
PE38 0QQ

Tel: +44 (0)1366 382219

Email: info@crossingsvets.co.uk

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 6pm
Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm

Consultations

OPEN SURGERIES
Monday to Friday 9am-10am
Saturday 10am-11:30am
All other consultations by appointment

 

Fluid Therapy

 

Animals commonly need to receive intravenous fluid therapy. This can be because they are undergoing major surgery, are in shock after a road accident, have lost blood after an injury or are dehydrated after having protracted vomiting and diarrhoea.

The fluid therapy may need to be combined with other treatments such as steroids, antibiotics or electrolytes such as potassium.

There are different fluids available for a wide range of conditions.

A drip pump allows us to give very specific fluid doses to all sizes of patients. In some cases massive “shock doses” are given rapidly and a pump is essential to push these fluids in to the circulation quickly.

It also possible for animals to receive blood transfusions. At one time practices would have a donor dog available, usually a greyhound, which would mean that practices would take and store blood on site but the situation is now much easier as there is a centralised source of blood which can be dispatched within an hour by courier.

The biggest problem we have with fluid therapy is keeping the patients still once they start to feel better.

This is the equipment we use to drip patients. An intravenous catheter, fluid bags and giving set, a splint to stop the patient withdrawing it's leg and blocking the flow of fluids and various bandages to keep the drip in place.
The drip pump which allows us to give very accurate doses of fluid.