Surgical Care

Your pet’s surgery and anesthesia care is important. A broad range of surgeries are performed weekly at Wilmington Animal Healthcare. We focus on individualized anesthetic and pain management protocols. To maximize the safety of your pet’s anesthesia and surgery we prescribe to and exceed standard of care. All cases of general anesthesia have an IV catheter and fluid therapy to maintain blood pressure and kidney function. Special warming blankets (circulating warm water blankets and Bair Huggers) are used intraoperatly and post-operately as needed to maintain body temperature. All patients are monitored by a registered veterinary technician skilled in the monitoring of blood pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry, and respiratory rate by using not only their hands and eyes but also advanced monitoring equipment. Common examples of surgical procedures performed at Wilmington Animal Healthcare:
  • Routine spay (OHE) and neuter
  • Lump or mass removal
  • GI foreign body retrieval
  • Gastric Dilation volvulus (GDV)
  • Splenectomy
  • Surgery of urinary bladder and stone retrieval
  • Brachycephalic surgery for Bulldog and other Brachycephalic breeds
  • Eyelid surgery for mass removal and conformational correction
  • Pyometra (uterine infection)

Laser Surgery

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The advantages of veterinary CO2 laser treatment include:
  • Less pain- the laser seals nerve endings as it cuts
  • Less bleeding- the laser seals small blood vessels as the cut is made
  • Less swelling- there is no crushing or tearing of tissue, which reduces swelling and therefore reducing healing time