All Spays and Neuters: Created Equal?
If you call ten different vets and ask what they charge for a spay or neuter, you’ll get ten different prices. If they are all doing the same thing, the price should be the same, right? The truth is every hospital has their own set procedure and standard of care for their patients. You get what you pay for. That $65 low-cost clinic down the street is not doing the same thing as the place that charges $250. What’s the difference? Each hospital has its own standard of care. There are a few things you should know so you can fully understand the value behind the service that is offered to you.
Just like in human medicine, anesthesia on animals carries certain risks with it. We work to reduce those risks to a minimum. Whenever an animal goes under anesthesia, we have a trained technician monitoring heart rate, respiration, and anesthesia levels using state of the art monitoring equipment. Surgery patients also receive an IV catheter to administer surgical fluids. This keeps the patient hydrated during surgery and recovery, and also allows access to a vein for quick injections in case of the unexpected.
There is more than just the surgical procedure involved when surgery is done. The surgery suite is kept in a constant state of sterility, to eliminate the chance of secondary infection. During anesthesia, your pet temporarily loses the ability to regulate its own body temperature. We have specialized equipment designed to keep your pet at a comfortable temperature. An assistant will actually sit in recovery with you pet to make sure they have a smooth time waking up from anesthesia. Also, pain medications are given before and after surgery so your pet is as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Recheck appointments are also included, in case additional examination is needed to remove sutures, or if complications arise at home. If you have questions or concerns afterward, someone will be available with answers, and we also keep a doctor on call after hours to respond to your emergency needs.