Getting Tutored on Spays and Neuters
Note: At the end of this blog, we'll discuss cost and the differences in what's included between veterinary clinics (hint: price is not everything when it comes to surgery on your pet).
All About Spays and Neuters
What are Spays and Neuters?
Why Do We Do It?
When To Spay?
Why Not a Vasectomy?
Is Anesthesia Safe?
- Physical Exam: A thorough physical must be done prior to surgery to ensure there are no physical contraindications (red flags) to the surgery. An example would be uncontrolled heart disease
- Bloodwork Profile💬: A bloodwork profile should be done before surgery to make sure that there are not any indications of disease that increase the risk of surgery. Bloodwork can pick up on a lot "invisible" issues the physical exam cannot (similarly, the physical exam can detect a lot of things that bloodwork cannot)
- Intravenous (IV) Catheter💬: An IV catheter gives us direct access to the bloodstream during surgery. This can be critically important if there is a complication during surgery††
- Intravenous Fluids💬: IV fluids support a pet's blood pressure (which tends to drop during surgery) and helps a pet recover faster from surgery. IV fluids can also be critically important if a complication arises††
- Warming During Surgery💬: It seems so simple, but keeping a pet warm during surgery supports their metabolism, which helps keep them stable during surgery and helps them recover faster afterwards
- Sterility: Excellent sterility (in this case, we do mean very clean) helps minimize post-surgical complications like infections. Sterility depends on a number of factors and requires a dedicated team effort
- Monitoring💬: The better the monitoring, the safer the anesthesia. Many anesthetic complications arise from problems with monitoring the pet. Good monitoring requires modern equipment used by well-trained team members who not only know how to recognize potential problems, but know how to handle them before they become serious
- Spay/Neuter Surgery: The actual surgery. As you can see, it is only a part of the whole procedure!
- Note: On it's own, the surgery itself generally would only account for around half the cost of the procedure. The remainder of the cost ensures the health, safety and comfort of your pet
- Recovery Procedure: Recovery refers to the waking of a pet after surgery. It is very important that there is a protocol in place to keep a close eye on recovering pets to be sure they awake normally and without any complications or pain
- Full Pain Control💬: Pain control was once considered to be minimally important for pets. Thankfully that is not the case any more. It is very important that any pain is controlled before it becomes uncomfortable. This means giving pain control prior to the surgery - both IV medication and via nerve blocks (directly desensitizing the nerves like your dentist does), as well as during the surgery, during recovery, and for a period of time after the surgery (often including pain medications to be given at home)
- Progress Exam💬: A follow up exam may be needed or recommended, depending on the surgery, to ensure that the pet is progressing as expected after their surgery
So What is the Cost?
- Dog Spay (girls): $650 - $850
- Cat Spay (girls): $550 - $750
- Dog Neuter (boys): $600 - $800
- Cat Neuter (boys): $350- $450