Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter

We recommend that all non-breeding pets be spayed or neutered. The benefits to their health and the benefit of reducing the pet overpopulation crisis makes this decision a good one.

What are the benefits?

  • Decrease unwanted behaviors such as roaming, fighting, urine marking, to name a few.
  • Will reduce the risk of breast cancer and will eliminate risk of testicular, ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Will virtually eliminate risk of prostatic hyperplasia in male dogs.
  • It also eliminates unplanned pregnancy.

What are the risks?

  • This is an anesthetic procedure.  There is always risk associated with administration of any drug or anesthetic.  Fortunately, this is extremely rare.  In an effort to reduce the risk as much as possible, we take extra precautions with our patients to assure their safety while under anesthesia.

What happens during the day of surgery?

Your pet will be in good hands with us on the day of the surgery.  He or she will be dropped off in the morning to meet with one of our team members to fill out paperwork and to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Now, it’s off to visit the rest of the team to get ready for the day.  The doctor and the team will help assure safety under anesthesia by performing several pre-anesthetic procedures including:

  • Bloodwork
  • IV catheter placement
  • Pre-anesthetic physical exam
  • EKG-optional
  • Sedation for stress and anxiety-if needed

Once the doctor evaluates the results, they will contact you with any abnormalities.  If everything is normal, we will move forward.  We will always err on the side of caution and will be sure that your pet is as healthy as possible prior to moving forward with the procedure.

Your pet will be anesthetized and a breathing tube is inserted in the wind pipe (trachea) to assure the safest anesthesia.  We do several things to assure your pets safety during a procedure.  They include:

  • Monitoring vitals 
    • EKG
    • Heart rate
    • Respiratory rate,
    • Temperature
    • Blood pressure
    • Oxygen saturation
    • Depth of anesthesia. 
  • This information is tracked and monitored by an assistant assigned to your pet throughout the entire procedure. 
  • IV fluid administration
  • Temperature regulation and maintenance through heating system that assures your pet stays in the perfect temperature range-not too cold and not too hot.

After recovery from the anesthesia, we will call to set up a pick up time.  When your pet is picked up, you will have an opportunity to review what was done and to have your questions and concerns answered.  We will send home instructions as well as a copy of what was done. 

Is a spay or neuter painful?  Simply…yes.  Like us, pets experience pain.  Physiologically, there is no doubt that they feel pain.  The main difference between us and our pets is that they instinctively hide external signs of pain.  We are very conscientious of the pain they may feel and we provide pain control to fit level of pain associated with these procedures.  Our goal is a comfortable, quick recovery.

Please call us to schedule a consult today!

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