“Are all spay and neuter procedures the same?”
“What is the difference between what Temperance Animal Hospital does and what can be done at the 'low-cost spay/neuter place'?”
These are some of the typical questions that we hear at T.A.H. while discussing spaying or neutering with our clients, typically during the first several visits with their new furry addition. We feel the best approach to answering these questions is first by discussing the pros and cons of spaying and neutering.
Did you know that, besides unwanted pregnancies, there are other medical benefits to spaying/neutering your pet? For instance, several cancers are prevented by these procedures (such as testicular, breast, uterine and ovarian cancers). We can also prevent potentially life threatening infections/inflammation such as prostatitis and pyometra (infected uterus).
Now that we've decided why we have chosen to spay/neuter, now is the choice of where. Here at T.A.H., one of our core values is that our patients come first. As a result we do some things here that may not be available at a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. First of all, when your pet comes to us on the day of surgery, you are going to be greeted by one of our surgical team members. This Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) will discuss with you the procedure, answer any questions that you may have, then take your loved one to get them ready for surgery. Upon arrival most of our patients will have pre-surgical bloodwork (which is generally optional) performed to ensure that there are no underlying, previously not diagnosed, problems that would preclude them from surgery. They will also be evaluated by the surgical team to ensure that there are no physical dis-qualifiers.
Thirty-minutes prior to your pet's surgery, our LVT will give them a pre-medication injection that will help us prevent pain better throughout the surgery and allow us to use a lower level of anesthesia. At this point, the LVT will place an IV catheter and start your pet on IV fluids which they will stay on throughout the procedure and until they have fully recovered. These fluids will allow us to maintain adequate blood pressure, organ hydration and give us instant access to a vein if needed during the surgery. Next, your LVT will get your pet prepped for surgery (i.e. passing an intubation tube into their airway, placing them on oxygen and gas anesthesia, carefully clipping the fur around the surgery site and using a sterile scrub to prep the area for surgery, etc). Once your pet has been fully prepped, one of our doctors will scrub in and perform the spay or neuter while our LVT team is constantly monitoring your pet's vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, Oxygenation, etc. Take a look at our facility to see where your pet will staying by clicking here!
When the surgery has been completed, our LVT will monitor your pet until they are ready to move into our recovery area. There, one of our dedicated surgery team members will monitor them until they are fully awake and ready to move back to their kennel to rest for the remainder of their stay. Our staff will continue to monitor them throughout the day to ensure that they have adequate pain control, are able to get out to use the bathroom, and are offered food and water and as much tender loving care (TLC!) as they need throughout their stay with us.
Each patient is carefully examined at the end of the day and the following morning by the doctor in charge of their care to ensure that no additional measures need to be addressed before sending them home with you.
As always, if you have ANY questions, just give us a call at (734) 847-6751!