Advanced care for your pet companions
Eastport Animal Hospital and Wellness Center was established with the primary goal of offering our patients the highest quality veterinary care possible at a reasonable cost. We have incorporated the latest technology and medical advances such as digital radiography, ultrasound, sophisticated diagnostic testing and doppler blood pressure monitoring during procedures. Pain management is part of our process. Our goal is to make sure your pet has a successful, pleasant experience with us and we will ensure that pain management is part of the process every step of the way.
Surgery and Procedures – Anesthesia Philosophy
Our new facility has a state-of-the-art surgical suite with high end equipment along with a highly trained and licensed medical staff. This is the team of people that will make your pet comfortable before, during and after their surgery. This qualified team is only half of what is necessary for a successful surgery, we only use high-quality, low-risk anesthesia to ensure the safety of your pet. Prior to each procedure requiring anesthesia, our patients receive a thorough physical examination and a preoperative blood panel to verify overall health and identify any anesthetic risks. This preoperative screening adds an expense, but may just save your pets life. Just like people, some pets do not do well with anesthesia and require specific accommodations. We do not take the use of anesthesia lightly and nor should you. Obviously, it must used in cases of surgery and some procedures. However, not all procedures require anesthesia, some procedures can be successfully navigated with a local anesthetic as a safe alternative. Our team preforms a variety of surgical procedures ranging from the most routine surgeries such as neuters and spays to the most complex soft tissue procedures. The small list below outlines some, certainly not all of the procedures. If your pet is in need of surgery a second opinion and estimate to perform such complex procedures are in the best interest of your pet. We are unique in that our hospital does perform more advanced surgeries done by specialists than most general practitioners. If the surgery your pet needs is not listed, please feel free to inquire.
- Dental; Severe and Routine (with or without extractions)
- Foreign Body Removal
- Lumpectomy (multiple or single)
- Cruciate (ligament repairs)
- Blocked Cats
- Heartworm Disease Treatment
- Cherry Eye
- Digital X-Rays and Ultrasounds
The most commonly asked questions about surgery and procedures…
What do I do if my pet needs surgery?
Contact us if you are not already a client our hospital and make an appointment for your pet for a physical exam to discuss the surgery options with a doctor. While with us, to save you an additional trip, you can have the preoperative blood work done that day. The next step in the process is to book a date for your pets procedure. You will get a thorough outlined estimate for the procedure in advance of the surgery date.
What makes Eastport Animal Hospital & Wellness Center different from other hospitals? Why should my pet have surgery here?
Make no mistake about it, even a routine spay or neuter can go horribly wrong, possibly resulting in death. This is mostly attributed to using the proper anesthesia and dosage as well as a trained, licensed and board certified team. We always take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe surgery and comfortable recovery. Yes, you can get your pet neutered or spayed at another facility for a fraction of the cost, but you should know the risks associated with doing so. We do not cut corners; each pet receives a sterilized surgical pack – NO EXCEPTIONS! We ONLY use low-risk anesthesia for all our patients.
What should we do the day of surgery? Is there any preparation?
Yes, our office will contact you to remind you that your pet needs to fast the evening before surgery and no food, only minimal water the morning of surgery. You will drop off your pet at the designated time, whereby a team member will go over final paperwork with you. At that time, you will receive the next set of instructions pertaining to your pets procedure.
Does my pet have to stay overnight?
This is the most commonly asked question. The answer depends on the procedure or surgery you pet is having. For elective surgeries such as a spay or neuter, we highly recommend that your pet stay overnight and can be picked up early the next day, if you wish. You may feel your pet would be more comfortable at home recuperating. However, that is not necessarily the case. The overnight stay is included in elective surgeries, it is no additional cost to you. Your pet will receive pain management and a series of injections that will help him/her stay comfortable in the hours immediately following the surgery through the next day. It is not advisable to take your pet home the day of surgery, as they should not be transported back to receive injections or additional pain management. Also, what is usually overlooked, is the dangers that may happen to your pet when released if not fully recovered from the effects of anesthesia. It is in your pets best interest to stay the night as hard as it may be for us.