During surgical sterilization, a veterinarian removes certain reproductive organs. Usually called spay and neuter surgery, it is a common procedure for domesticated cats and dogs. The spay or ovariohysterectomy removes the reproductive organs from a female dog or cat. The neuter or orchiectomy removes the testes from a male dog or cat and makes him unable to reproduce. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. These surgeries also help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
Even though these surgeries are considered routine, any time your pet receives anesthesia for surgery there is a certain amount of risk. At All Creatures Veterinary Center, we take nine important steps to keep you pet safe during surgery and minimize the risk that is a part of any procedure.
- Your pet is examined by the veterinarian prior to surgery. The exam by the doctor is important before surgery or even giving a vaccine. The DVM’s exam tells us important information about your pet’s eyes, ears, heart, skin, organs, diet and more and is the first step on the path of good health.
- Your pet’s blood is tested prior to surgery to make sure organ function is within normal ranges. The test can reveal any underlying problems that would mean your pet is not ready for surgery.
- We electronically monitor your pet during surgery for EKG, oxygenation, respiration, temperature and blood pressure. A veterinary assistant is dedicated to watch the monitor and your pet during the surgery.
- We place an IV catheter and administer fluids to your pet during surgery to keep your pet hydrated and support blood pressure. Proper hydration also helps your pet recover from surgery more quickly.
- We administer a pain management protocol for your pet to make sure they are as comfortable as possible before, during and after surgery.
- Your pet receives a complimentary nail trim and ear cleaning during surgery.
- Your pet receives an e-collar to keep them from compromising the incision area during healing.
- Your pet receives pain medication to take home if needed. Managing pain after surgery keeps your pet comfortable and actually speeds recovery.
- You receive written and verbal instructions for the at home care of your pet. Following the home care instructions is the best way to help your pet recover quickly.
The fee at All Creatures for spay or neuter surgery that includes the nine items above is $289 for pets up to 50 lbs. (add $15 for every 10 lbs. over 50). There are additional fees for pets that are in heat or have other complications. We are happy to provide a quote to address the specific needs or your pet.
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