Why it matters
Your pet deserves nothing but the best! That is why our doctors recommend that most dogs and cats be spayed or neutered to maintain their health and prolong their lives.
“Spaying your pet” refers to the surgical removal of female reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) thus making the female unable to get pregnant.
“Neutering your pet” refers to the castration of males by the surgical removal of their testicles.
Having your pet spayed or neutered will help reduce undesirable behaviors, allow you to avoid having to clean up after a messy heat cycle, and reduce your pet’s risk of certain infections and cancers. During your puppy or kitten’s wellness visits we will help you decided when the best time is for your pet to undergo this routine surgery.
We take all possible precautions to keep your pet safe and comfortable before, during, and after his or her surgery.
- Hospital admit with a LVMT – One of our LVMTs will go over the hospital admit paperwork, answer any questions you might have, and set up a time for you to pick up your pet to be discharged that afternoon.
- Pre-anesthesia testing – If bloodwork has not been performed in the last 30 days we will perform an in-house panel to check blood counts, kidney and liver function to make sure they can safely metabolize the anesthesia medications. They will also have an ECG performed to check heart rate and rhythm.
- A pre-op physical examination – Your pet’s veterinarian will assess your pet just before the procedure to make sure they are ready and that their current health status is known.
- IV catheter and fluids – You may notice a small shaved spot on your pet’s leg after the procedure. This is where we place an IV catheter that allows us to have easy IV access to administer anesthetics, any needed medications, and IV fluids. These fluids help us keep your pet’s blood pressure regulated and their tissues well perfused and hydrated so that they wake up healthy and happy.
- Anesthesia and Surgery – During your pet’s surgery one of our LVMTs will monitor your pet before, during and after the surgical procedure to ensure a safe recovery. We treat your pet’s possible post-procedure pain before they wake up, and send home oral pain medication.
- Recovery – Once your pet’s surgery has been completed, he or she will recover on a comfy cot with one of our LVMTs by their side. Your pet’s comfort level will be evaluated continuously during the recovery process to ensure his or her pain or discomfort is being well-managed.
- Hospital discharge – During your pet’s discharge an LVMT will discuss your pet’s unique after-care instructions. This will include what to expect in the first 24 hours after anesthesia, how to administer any medications your pet has been prescribed, and any limitations they may have over the next two weeks.
- Recheck appointment – Two weeks after your pet has been discharged from the hospital we will need to see him or her back for an included suture removal appointment with an LVMT.