Our surgical suite is fully equipped with monitoring and life saving systems for routine and specialty surgeries requiring laser or ultrasound.
At Gulfshore Animal Hospital your pet’s safety and comfort are top priorities. To ensure your pet’s safety, all animals under anesthesia are thoroughly monitored. Inside our state-of–the-art surgical suite, the monitoring equipment includes pulse oximetry measuring oxygenation, ECG, continuous blood pressure check, temperature probes, a BAIR hugger to maintain body heat, and most importantly, a surgical nurse evaluating these monitors and your pet during the entire surgery. Using state of the art inhalant machines and monitoring devices we can adjust the anesthesia based on cardiac, respiratory and blood pressure readings to ensure your pet’s safety under our care.
The doctors at Gulfshore Animal Hospital are certified in CO2 laser surgery. By using laser instead of a traditional cutting scalpel, surgeries can be more precise and less traumatic due to the fact the laser actually cauterizes blood vessels and nerve endings resulting in less pain and bleeding.
Before surgery, pre-anesthetic blood screening is evaluated to give us a more complete picture of internal health to allow us to adjust the safest anesthetic regime specifically to meet your pets needs. Every surgical patient receives a 12-point preoperative examination to identify potential surgical risks. Each patient has pre-medications tailored personally to each patient to ensure safety and comfort during the entire hospital stay. Immediately after surgery surgical incisions are treated with a class 4 K-Laser to promote healing and decrease pain at the incision site. Therefore the large majority of our surgical patients do not require bandaging or Elizabethan collars to be placed post-operatively. After your pet’s surgery each patient is recovered individually and placed in our hospital suite which allows us to continuously monitor them in a controlled environment.
The carbon dioxide laser produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. The laser can be precisely controlled by removing only a thin layer of tissue at a time, as well as leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected. These properties make it a highly effective tool for use in most soft tissue surgeries such as spays, neuters, mass removal, feline declaws, and numerous other procedures. Advantages of using the laser in small animal surgery include less bleeding, less pain, less swelling, and decreased risk of infection. Laser energy seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. This decreases the post-operative pain experienced by our patients. It also seals small blood vessels during surgery which allows the doctor to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. This also speeds some procedures, reducing the need for anesthesia.
It is a privilege to be chosen for your pet’s surgical needs. At Gulfshore Animal Hospital we want you to feel comfortable leaving your pet with us for these procedures. Please feel free to schedule a surgical consultation with our veterinarians. We will be happy to discuss our anesthetic drugs, lasers, equipment, monitoring procedures, surgical techniques, and estimates with you. Elective surgeries are performed by appointment throughout the week.