Friday, January 18, 2019
Spaying and Neutering is good for everyone....

Spaying and neutering your pets is an important part of wellness care. There are several well documented health and behavioral benefits of spaying or neutering your pet and t leading veterinary experts all agree that the benefits greatly outweigh any perceived risk. We have developed a package price which includes all of the components we feel is important to the insure the safety and comfort of your pet.  This includes anesthesia, surgery, and post-operative recovery including pain control.

Better health for longer life

Spayed/Neutered pets have less chance of getting cancer, infections, and other health problems.  On average spayed/neutered pets also have a longer life span.

Reduced behavioral problems

Many unwanted behaviors like wondering, spraying and mounting are greatly reduced in pets that have been spayed/neutered.  They're also less aggressive towards other animals that they will come in contact with.

Questions & Answers

When should I spay or neuter my pet?
   Some situations may vary, but on average your pets should be spay/neutered between 6-12 months of age.

What does the Healthy Paws package include?

Pre-Operative Exam
- the morning of the surgery, the patient is checked to make sure they are healthy and make sure there are no new problems that need to be addressed first or added onto the patient’s care. For example- does the patient have a retained baby tooth that should be extracted while the patient is under anesthesia?

Pre-Operative Blood Work- we run a CBC (complete blood cell count) to make sure the patient is not anemic and has plenty of white blood cells to fight infection and platelets to clot blood effectively. A “mini” chemical profile (chem 10) to make sure the liver and kidneys are functioning well and the blood sugar and protein levels are normal. Some pets can appear perfectly healthy but have some problems only apparent early on in the blood work.

IV Catheter- is placed for immediate IV access in case of an emergency during surgery.

IV Fluid Support- This helps support and correct when the blood pressure falls too low due to the anesthesia- this makes sure the brain, kidneys and other vital organs have normal blood flow and oxygen delivery to stay healthy during anesthesia.

Anesthesia- all patients receive a pre-operative medication to help relax patients and start early pain control and allows us to use less anesthetic gas during the procedure. A breathing tube is placed in all patients which maintains an adequate airway and allows us control the airway in the case of an emergency. Unlike injectable anesthesia, gas anesthesia allows almost instantaneous changing of the dose and rapid recovery from the procedure after surgery.

Intra-Operative Monitoring- We have a dedicated veterinary technician constantly monitoring your pet- from the time the patient is placed under anesthesia through recovery- they are glued to you pet- checking vitals, monitoring blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, and making constant adjustments in the anesthesia gas level, IV fluid rat, giving forced breaths (for extra oxygen) if needed, etc. If the technician has any concerns, they know to consult the Dr immediately. This in turn allows the surgeon to be able to concentrate 100% on the surgery knowing that the technician will alert them if there is any problem with the patient.

Post-Operative Pain Control- we send patients home with post-operative pain management. This is not an option, pain management is part of the package.

Can I get a spay or neuter cheaper somewhere else? Absolutely. There are a number of low cost spay neuter practices and groups.They do very high volumes of pets and cut corners to save money. They do not check pre-operative blood work, most do not place IV catheters or have pets on IV fluids. Most do not incubate patients and do surgeries under long lasting injectable anesthesia, and there is little to no patient monitoring.

What is the recovery time?
    In general, animals recovery from most injuries faster than humans, but they will need some special care afterwards.  Spayed males are generally fine after some rest the first day.  Spayed females should be kept quite for 3-5 days after the procedure.  If appropriate we will work with you to give them pain management medication to keep them comfortable as possible.

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