What's included in my pet's surgery price?
The surgical procedure: Spay or Neuter
IV catheter & Fluids (excluded on cat neuter): Intravenous catheters during surgery allow fluids to be given which help to counteract hypotension (low blood pressure) produced by anesthesia. If an emergency situation should arise during surgery, an IV catheter also allows venous access so that drugs can be given during the first few critical minutes of an emergency.
Pain management: We believe that all animals undergoing a surgical procedure be kept pain free. We give all pets an injection of pain medication the day of surgery. Also, we will send your pet home with pain medication for the next few days after surgery. Good pain control helps pets heal faster and more effectively as well as relieve post-surgical discomfort.
What's optional for my pet?
We highly recommend a blood profile for your pet undergoing surgery, however, this is an optional service. The blood profile helps minimize the risk of complications that may arise during surgery by alerting the doctor of any abnormalities from the bloodwork that might create complications while under anesthesia.
Pre-anesthetic blood profile: The pre-anesthetic blood profile is to maximize patient safety and alert the doctor to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes, and/or kidney or liver disease, which could complicate your pet's procedure, thereby compromising your pet's health. These conditions may not be detected without a blood profile. These tests are similar to those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia.
Sadly, each year more than 15 million dogs and cats are killed in the United States because of overpopulation. Spay/Neuter surgeries help prevent the unwanted birth of animals that would be difficult to place into good homes.
Spaying and neutering of pets also offers health benefits. It lowers the incidence of sex-hormone related behaviors or diseases. The neutered male cat has a decreased urine odor, less of a tendency to fight & roam, and it is far less inclined to mark its territory by spraying urine. The neutered male dog is also less likely to roam, mark territory, and display aggression towards other dogs. Neutering can decrease the unwanted mounting behaviors, lower the chance of tumors around the anus and penis, and also lower the risk of prostate enlargement (which occurs in at least 60% of unneutered male dogs 5 years or older.) Spayed female cats and dogs do not have reproductive tract disease problems, they have less urinary tract infections, and they have significantly fewer cases of mamary cancer.
We generally recommend that all felines and canines be spayed or neutered before 6 months of age. This ensures that females are spayed before their 1st heat cycle thus decreasing the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering before 6 months ensures that the surgery is performed prior to puberty when all of the behaviors associated with testosterone may begin.
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