Spays and Neuters at Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
Our goal at Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital is to give your pet the highest quality care at all times.
Pre-Operative Protocols and Considerations
Our veterinarians see the importance of a thorough evaluation of your pet’s overall health status prior to any surgical procedure. In addition to an exam, pre-anesthetic bloodwork is always recommended before any surgical procedures (including spays and neuters) in order to help our veterinarians assess your pet’s health status. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork can alert our veterinarians to any problems with your pet’s internal organ systems that could potentially put your pet at risk under anesthesia.
Surgical Protocols and Procedures
Once your pet is determined to be a good candidate for a surgical procedure, such as a spay or neuter, it is recommended that an intravenous catheter be placed. This provides quick access to your pet’s bloodstream in the event of an emergency during surgery. It also allows our technical staff to provide intravenous fluids during surgery to help maintain your pet’s blood pressure. Next, an endotracheal tube is placed through the mouth into the trachea (windpipe) in order to keep your pet’s airway open to receive oxygen and anesthesia. Your pet is then carefully shaved, and the skin at the area of incision is prepped for surgery with a disinfectant scrub. During surgery, your pet’s anesthesia and vital signs are closely monitored by the veterinarian and a highly-trained member of our technical staff. A description of each type of spay and neuter procedure is listed below.
Feline/Canine Ovariohysterectomy (Spay): Surgical sterilization of female dogs and cats involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries through an abdominal incision. It is a major procedure, but it is commonly performed.
Canine Orchiectomy (Neuter): Surgical sterilization of male dogs involves the removal of both testicles through an incision just in front of the scrotum.
Feline Orchiectomy (Neuter): Surgical sterilization of male cats involves the removal of both testicles through scrotal incisions. These incisions are very small, and no sutures are required.
Post-Operative Protocols and Care
It is very important that patients be closely monitored and cared for post-operatively. Our technical team carefully monitors each patient as they recover from anesthesia to ensure their safety. Vital signs are assessed repetitively, and the endotracheal tube is not removed until the swallow reflex has returned.