Your Pet's "Altering" Day
So, your little girl or boy has grown up, and it's time to be spayed or neutered. You've decided you don't want to be a grandparent to a potential large litter of wiggly puppies or kittens, but you're nervous for your loved one to go through the surgery. To help alleviate your fears, and so you know exactly what goes on during their surgery day, I'm going to take you through the step-by-step process of how things are done. For the sake of space and time, I have decided to follow a female dog named Tatli going through her spay surgery.
You and Tatli will arrive at our hospital between 8:00 and 8:30 am. She may be cranky because she missed her breakfast due to the required overnight fast. You and your pet will meet briefly with the doctor to be certain your pet is healthy enough for surgery and to answer any questions you may have. The doctor will review the treatment plan and costs at that time.
Next, Tatli will be taken back to our treatment area by one of our caring and very qualified technicians to have pre-surgical laboratory samples drawn and reviewed before starting surgery. She will receive an intravenous catheter to deliver fluids during surgery. This also allows for quick intravenous access if a problem occurs during anesthesia or surgery. Tatli will receive pre-operative pain medication before surgery to minimize post-surgical discomfort.
When Tatli's surgery time arrives, she is given an intravenous injection and placed under anesthesia. A tube is placed into her trachea to administer oxygen and gas anesthetic. She is monitored during anesthesia and surgery for many parameters, including heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. Once anesthetized, Tatli will be prepped for surgery, receive a complimentary nail trim, and (if age appropriate) a complimentary polish and fluoride treatment for her teeth. The surgery itself generally will last 30-45 minutes, depending on the degree of difficulty and whether she is in heat.
Once her spay surgery is completed, and while resting comfortably wrapped in many blankets in her own kennel, Tatli is closely observed during her recovery until it's time for her anesthesia tube to be removed. Over the next few hours, she will gradually come out of anesthesia and regain her coordination. Once she is awake and stable, you will receive a courtesy call from one of our staff letting you know how she is doing and what time we would like to reunite her with you, generally between 3 and 4:30 pm.
In the early afternoon, Tatli is re-assessed and given any appropriate treatments. These may include any needed vaccines and a repeated dose of pain medication to keep her comfortable. Her IV catheter is then removed as well.
When your time has arrived to pick up Tatli, you will first check out with our receptionist to settle the charges. You then meet with one of the doctors to receive home care instructions as well as a review of any medications. And, finally, you will be reunited with your slightly "altered" companion!