Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet's health. Because not all problems can be detected on examination, pre-anesthetic blood work may be performed to give us a more complete picture of your pet's health and allow us to tailor an anesthetic regime that is specific for your pet. Depending on your pet's age and health an intravenous catheter and fluids may be required.
Capeside Animal Hospital offers the safest and most effective injectable and inhalant (isoflurane) anesthetics and pain relief for all surgical procedures. All surgical patients receive a pre-operative sedation (which includes pain medication) to minimize anxiety. We also monitor heart rate and oxygen saturation on anesthetized patients. Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday and include routine ovariohysterectomies (spays) and castrations (neuters), feline declaws, dental prophylaxis, mass removals, intestinal procedures (gastrotomies, enterotomies, intestinal resections/anastamosis), bladder procedures (cystotomies), eyelid/entropions, amputations, and other soft tissue surgeries. Complicated soft tissue surgeries and orthopedic/spinal surgeries are referred to board certified surgeons at Eastern Carolina Veterinary Referral Hospital (www.ecvetreferral.com) in Wilmington.
Pain management is an important part of our pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative anesthetic and medical protocol. All surgical patients including those undergoing routine procedures such as ovariohysterectomy or castrations receive pain control medications.