We understand the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. Dr. Laity has experience in small animal surgery, including both routine procedures such as spays, neuters, laser declaws and growth removals, as well as more extensive soft tissue surgeries. Our surgery suite is equipped with gas anesthesia, pulse oximetry, EKG, blood pressure monitoring, a water circulating heating unit, electrocautery and a CO2 laser.

Any pet undergoing anesthesia at Harbor Point Animal Hospital is monitored by an experienced registered veterinary technician. These technicians are trained and licensed in veterinary anesthesia as well as other diagnostic, surgery and dentistry-related skills. They remain with the patient during pre-op, surgery and recovery, monitoring vital signs and anesthesia plane, and administering any needed medications. Every surgical patient has a multi-modal pain control protocol tailored for their needs.


State-of-the-Art Laser Surgery

Surgical lasers have become a very important part of veterinary medicine. We are proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals in the area to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of laser surgery that human patients have experienced for over 20 years: less pain, swelling and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner.

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Declawing is the surgical removal of a cat's claws. In order to prevent the claw from growing back, the ungual crest, which contains the cells that produce the claws, must be removed. This involves amputating the last bone, or third phalanx, of the cat's toes. All declaws at Harbor Point Animal Hospital are performed with a laser. Using a laser for the surgery reduces bleeding and minimizes pain and swelling by sealing blood vessels, nerve endings, and lymph vessels. In addition, all declaw patients receive Buprenorphine for systemic pain control pre- and post- operatively, as well as local nerve blocks to keep the area numb. As with any surgical patient, they are closely monitored by our registered veterinary technicians, who utilize EKG, Doppler blood pressure, and PO2 (partial pressure of oxygen) monitoring. We are proud to offer laser declaw surgery as a progressive alternative to conventional declaw methods.



Our Surgery Specialist

Marian Benitez, DVM, MS

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal

Dr. Benitez will be joining our team in January 2018. Dr. Benitez graduated top of her class at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Her desire to pursue surgery led her to advanced surgical training where she completed a medical and surgical internship at the University of Georgia and a three-year small animal surgical residency at Kansas State University.

Dr. Benitez completed her required credentials and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2015. She spent three years advancing her surgical skills and training veterinary students, interns, and residents as a clinical faculty member at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, but she has a special interest in orthopedic procedures for cranial cruciate ligament rupture and gastrointestinal diseases. Her Masters of Science thesis focused on pain management considerations of small animals and she is invested in bringing about excellent pain management for her patients.

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