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Pet Laser Surgery in St. Petersburg


Dental Surgery.

Laser Surgery.


Before and After.

Pictured: “Kasper” Vetsch

Northeast Animal Hospital’s facility provides the latest veterinary care in St. Petersburg, including state-of-the-art laser technology for animal surgery. While each pet’s procedure is different, the level of care is the same for every pet. We begin by carefully screening your pet for safety considerations, and for tailoring anesthetics specifically for your pet. We provide a personal nurse to monitor your pet closely.

Your pet’s nurse will be by his or her side for comfort and security—from check-in through surgery—to keep them warm, to give them affection, to keep their stress to a minimum, and to give great attention to pain control. Your pet’s blood pressure, blood oxygen, body temperature, and CO2 output will be closely monitored, ensuring the highest level of patient care.

What happens during dental surgery?

In this video, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during pet dental surgery at Northeast Animal Hospital. Join "London" as our loving team sees her through a dental emergency to have a fractured tooth extracted. Along the way, learn how the team makes the hospital visit a comprehensive experience, and a reassuring one, for both London and her owners.

Video: "What Happens During Dental Surgery?" (0:59)—Let this video help alleviate your fears about pet surgery.

Video Transcript »

Dental emergencies can strike any time to both dogs and cats at any age. For two-year-old London here, her owner noticed that she had chipped a canine tooth. Seemingly minor-looking from the front, but a closer look at the back of the tooth was cause for concern. Sure enough, a visual exam showed the tooth chipped far enough that it called for an emergency procedure.

In this video, we’ll go behind the scenes so that you’ll know what to expect if the unexpected happens.

It London’s pre-op bloodwork showed that it was safe to proceed with anesthesia, and after a quick check of her weight and vitals, London was ready to get her I.V. catheter. This will add to the safety of the procedure as fluids and medication can easily be administered.

London’s next step is to get her sedation medication. This medication is administered to help ease her anxiety and stress, ultimately decreasing the amount of gas anesthesia needed.

While asleep, London’s vitals will be carefully monitored to ensure that her respiratory and cardiovascular systems are functioning well, and her blood pressure remains steady. She’ll have a special blanket that blows warm air down To ensure her temperature doesn’t drop below normal.

After the nurses determine London is safely under anesthesia, digital X-rays are taken to see just how extensive the chip in her tooth is. Our digital radiology department means that our doctors and technicians can instantly see what’s going on in London’s mouth. X-rays showed that she had cracked her lower canine as well, but thankfully it was just a hairline and shouldn’t prove to be an issue in the near future.

Dr. Benham talked about the options and the owner opted for an extraction since this rough-and-tumble pup is likely to continue to be tough on her teeth. Dr. Benham also noticed that the roots of some of London’s back teeth are hooked like a “J”, coming very close to her jaw bone. London’s owners will want to make sure her teeth are very well maintained with frequent brushing and veterinary dental cleanings. If these teeth become infected or need to be extracted, their proximity to the jaw bone could result in a jaw fracture.

London’s owner also opted to have her teeth cleaned while she was under anesthesia, so the dental technician removes the built-up tartar that has accumulated. After that, London is ready for her surgery. Dr. Benham injects a local block to numb the extraction site so that less general anesthesia is needed, then extracts the tooth. Dissolvable sutures will close the extraction site, and London won’t have to come back to have them removed.

If your pet isn’t already microchipped, having it done while your pet is having surgery is an excellent idea. While the microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and causes little pain when injected under the skin, London will be none the wiser when she wakes up.

It doesn’t take long for London to come out of anesthesia after surgery and is immediately bundled up and in Dr. Benham’s loving arms for the start of her recovery. London is able to come home just a few hours later with some medication to make sure she stays comfortable as her extraction site heals.

Emergencies can be scary, but we do hope this video has helped alleviate any fears you may have about just what happens when a pet has a dental emergency.


Animal surgery with laser technology—what are the benefits?

Scalpel-based surgery requires physical contact with body tissue, which causes more trauma than a beam of infrared light (or laser). A laser cuts through tissue with a highly-focused beam, and at the same time seals blood vessels, capillaries, and nerve endings. The result is much less bleeding during surgery, less need for sutures, less risk of infection, and much less pain during the healing process.

A laser also seals lymphatic vessels which reduces post-operative swelling. Plus, a laser allows more precision than a scalpel. The doctor can adjust the size and power of the laser beam to maintain optimum control over the process of removing unwanted tissue. This means the veterinarian can remove unhealthy tissue without damaging healthy areas.

Pet Laser Surgery in St. Petersburg

Pictured: “Mazel”

Laser techniques can allow better access to internal areas, easier sculpting of tissue, and faster operating and recovery times, so your pet can return home much sooner—to do the things he or she loves! Clearly, the benefits of laser animal surgery far outweigh the effects of scalpel-based surgery.

Our laser technology can be used for spaying, neutering, mass removal, and hundreds of other surgical procedures. We also perform orthopedic surgery and soft tissue surgery. Please call or visit to learn more about our specialized surgeries.

What about anesthesia during animal surgery?

Evaluation. Before general anesthesia is administered for surgery, the veterinarian will determine the best regime of anesthetics to use for your pet, which will depend on several factors. These factors can include the breed of animal; the pet’s age and level of excitement; his or her medical history; any abnormalities of the blood, heart, or lungs; and the type of surgery that will be performed. These considerations may determine the need for a sedative or tranquilizer before the anesthetic is given, the amount of anesthetic to be given, and the method of administration—whether intravenous or inhalant.

Monitoring. During surgery, your companion will be kept free of pain and unconscious by the general anesthesia. The technician will monitor your pet’s vital signs and reactions to the anesthetic and surgical procedure. Special equipment will relate to our team your pet’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, and body temperature. The surgical team will continuously adjust the dosage of anesthetic in response to your pet’s vital signs and reflexes to the surgical activity.

Recovery. After surgery, the anesthetic will be reduced and your companion’s vital signs will continue to be monitored until he or she is fully awake. The speed of recovery depends on your pet’s health, the amount of time under anesthesia, and the specific anesthetic regime. Pain management will also be exercised to ensure your pet has a comfortable recovery.

How do I care for my pet before and after surgery?

Before. Talk to your veterinarian about any concerns you have. Lack of exercise, weight loss, changes in bowel movement and urination, and mental fatigue are all observations you should share with the vet. In addition—no matter how much he or she begs—don’t give your pet any food for at least 12 hours before the surgery. This will prevent the likelihood of aspiration of food into the lungs during general anesthesia. Check with the veterinarian about the amount water, if any, is allowed your pet during the hours before surgery.

After: Isolation. Pets may be affected by anesthesia for several days after their surgery and discharge from the hospital. Your pet may not behave normally during this time, so allow him or her to recover in a warm, quiet, enclosed place in your home. Don’t allow children to be alone with the family friend during recovery, no matter how well your pet is typically behaved. Your animal companion will be back to normal in a few days.

After: Food and Water. Give special attention to the amount and frequency of food and water during the recovery period of your pet. A very small amount can be offered to your companion every 6 to 7 hours. If your pet is nauseous, he or she may not want food or water for several hours. Inform the veterinarian if your pet has not eaten during the first 24 hours after the surgical procedure.

Of course, every situation is different, so please remember to follow the recommendations of your veterinarian in the preparation and recovery of your beloved pet. The information provided on this website is not intended to replace discussions about pet healthcare between you and your veterinarian.

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