Importance of Spaying/Neutering

Having a pet undergo a spaying or neutering procedure has tremendous health and behavioral benefits to your pet’s life. Spaying or neutering can prevent life-threatening diseases or ailments that can be avoided with the help of our outstanding veterinary staff here at St. Mina Animal Hospital. Getting your pet spayed or neuter at an early age can also make a big difference in the bond you share. Having this procedure done early enough can lead to a happier, healthier pet to share your love with. Ask us more about how spaying or neutering can benefit both you and your pet’s lives together.

Spaying/Neutering at St. Mina Animal Hospital

At St. Mina Animal Hospital, we strive to provide exceptional veterinary care at affordable prices without reducing the quality and care your pet deserves.

Prior to any surgical procedure, we encourage you to bring your pet in for a consultation where we address any concerns, questions, and can fully evaluate your furry friend for surgery. At this time, we will perform a pre-surgical bloodwork profile to evaluate the overall organ function and determine a baseline for pre-anesthetic medication protocols. Bloodwork is optional for pets under 5, but highly encouraged. For pets older than 8 years, we also perform radiographs to determine the heart and lung condition in order to ensure your pet’s safety under anesthesia. Utilizing the results of these tests along with the pre-surgical examination allow us to create a individualized anesthesia profile for your pet; ensuring their safety and your peace of mind.

Upon the time of surgery, we will place an IV catheter to administer IV fluids during the surgery to guarantee they are well hydrated during the procedure and allow easy access for injectable anesthetic agents. All patients are kept warm with the aid of a heating surgical table or warming blankets. To ensure your pet’s safety under anesthesia, an experienced technician will closely monitor vital signs such as ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, temperature, and mucosal membrane color.

Pain Management

As part of our commitment to keep your pet comfortable, we practice the most up to date pain management protocols. After surgery, your pet will receive an injection for pain management and is sent home with medications specifically tailored for your pet (NSAIDS, oral analgesics, as well as antibiotics). Pain medications and antibiotics are additional.

Following surgery, our experienced staff closely monitors patients until fully recovered and stabilized from surgery. A technician will be assigned to closely monitor your pet even once stabilized to ensure vital signs and pain management are within normal parameters. After surgery, our staff will call and let you know how your beloved furry family member is doing.

We will monitor your pet for the majority of the afternoon, but they will be able to go home the evening of surgery. Our staff will provide detailed information on how to best care for your pet after surgery and address any concerns or questions you have.

Depending on the surgery performed, we recommend a recheck examination in the days following surgery to ensure complete recovery and healing. The recheck examination is typically included with the price of the surgery.