Your Pet's Surgery at Bath Animal Hospital, located in Bath and Brunswick Maine

At Bath Animal Hospital, we offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. Before any surgery, your pet is carefully screened for safety and an anesthetic protocol is specifically tailored to his or her specific needs and lifestyle. Our surgical services and facilities include: a board certified surgeon available for consultation; fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; thermal warming blankets for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG; intensive post-surgery care and full blood testing.

Dr. Walsh and his team approach any and all surgical procedures with a deep sense of compassion for all animals.

SurgeryWe also understand that the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We want your pet's procedure to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step we take is to discuss with you why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. We also provide information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you may have so that you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

We believe it is in your pet's best interests for us to offer as wide an array of surgical services from our facility as possible. It is important for you and your pet to receive care in a friendly and welcoming facility from people you both have come to know. This reduces stress and promotes healing.

Our hospital offers such specialized surgical procedures as:

  • Ear surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Urogenital surgery

Soft Tissue Surgery procedures include:

  • Spays
  • Neuters
  • Mass removals
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • C-sections

Anesthesia

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is of the utmost importance and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine. We make sure your pet has access to state-of-the-art anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring instruments and protocols.

Prior to your pet's surgery, he or she is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

While under anesthesia, your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Our operating room is sterile, modern and equipped with advanced monitoring technology. We stay informed about the latest research into anesthetic protocols. We use thermal warming blankets for the comfort of your pet.

PharmacyOur sophisticated instruments allow us to carefully and consistently monitor:

  • Heart rate
  • Heart function
  • Breathing
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood oxygen level

Pain Management

Your pet feels pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as we do. All of us at Bath Animal Hospital understand that recognizing and alleviating your pet's pain is the essence of good patient care.

Pain slows healing, decreases activity, causes behavioral changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). Pain worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers. It interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

In order to combat those effects, we use an advanced, multimodal protocol to prevent and treat your pet's pain. Whenever possible, we use a combination of local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and narcotic pain relievers. We also try to include methods like exercise and physical therapy when appropriate.

Postoperative Care

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, we provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for him or her at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.