Continuing on our monthly topic of the importance of spays and neuters – I want to cover a big question that we typically get from clients – how to choose a spay and neuter facility?
Spays and Neuters a serious surgeries. The animal is completely anesthetized and is receiving a full abdominal surgery for a spay. We are removing organs which can be painful and lead to bleeding. It is important to choose a facility you feel comfortable with and that can fully educate you in the necessary steps to care for your pet. The care required after surgery is specific and important as well. You must be able to dedicate enough time and effort to watch your pet and ensure that it is not licking, running, or jumping around. There are many potential complications after surgery that can be prevented by good home after care.
When choosing a facility, usually it is best to use your regular veterinarian. Your regular vet knows your pet, has build a relationship with you and your animals, and can be present for potential care after the surgery. Your regular vet works hard to build that trust and relationship and deserves to receive all of your business and care for all of your pet’s needs. We at Mesa Vet Clinic and Paws and Hooves Vet Services also strongly believe in “No Pet Left Behind”, and therefore are committed to not only building that bond and trust, but also ensuring our prices are as low as possible in both clinics so that each and every pet can get the necessary preventative care it needs (including spays, neuters, and vaccines). If you have thought of taking your pet to a low cost facility, I urge you to research your options – not all are the same. Educate yourself in what each facility offers and the importance of the various options presented. For example, you may think that by offering IV fluids and Pre-anesthetic Bloodwork, your clinic is just trying to make more money, when in reality it is practicing the best medicine. If we think about a major hysterectomy in a human, our human doctors are going to require blood work prior to the surgery. They are also going to place an IV catheter and give fluids during the procedure. The blood work ensures that any decrease in organ function that may affect the way the anesthetic is metabolized is noticed and necessary adjustments are made. It also is a great way to catch genetic diseases before they progress into a full blown problem. The IV fluids maintain an emergency access in case the pet crashes during anesthesia. They also maintain the blood pressure – which always drops during anesthesia, and they flush the anesthetics out of the system so that the pet recovers better from surgery. So, please, consider your options and choose the best for your pet. It is an important choice and you are making the best choice for your pet by considering the surgery to start off with!