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Low cost Spay Neuter – It’s the right thing to do!

Posted 04.17.17 by Audrey Parker

 

All of our locations are low cost spay and neuter sites.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do.  We are committed to helping spay and neuter pets and making this procedure accessible to as many pet owners as possible.   And we refuse to cut corners to do it.

All spays are not created equal.  The public tends to view a spay or neuter as a commodity and nothing could be further from the truth.  There are many variables such as pre-anesthetic medications, induction agents, pain control, choice of gas anesthetic, intubation, Intravenous fluid administration, quality suture material, and others.  At our facilities all patients having the spay or neuter procedure receive only what we deem to be the best and safest protocols and materials.  Your bill may be low cost but, nothing about how we perform the procedure is.   Let’s dissect these items one by one:

Pre-anesthetic medications:  These are used to relieve anxiety prior to the procedure and reduce the amount of anesthetic drugs needed.  Thus they are used to enhance both the patient’s comfort and safety.

Induction agents:  These are medications used to provide a sleep deep enough to place a breathing tube (endotracheal tube).  We use what we feel is best suited and safest for each patient.

Pain control:  Some of our pre-medications are selected to actually stay on board throughout surgery and after providing protection against discomfort.  We will always err on the side of caution and prevent pain when we think it could occur.  Why take a chance on a pet feeling pain?  We won’t – It is that simple.

Gas anesthetic:  Experts agree that gas anesthesia is the safest form of anesthetic for pets undergoing surgery.  We agree and provide only safest gas anesthetic agents available.

Intubation:  The safest way to provide anesthetic gas is through a breathing tube called an endotracheal tube.  We won’t do it any other way.

Intravenous fluid administration:  Placing an IV catheter and giving fluids intraoperatively increases safety.  We always do this.

Quality suture material:  There is a difference and as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.  We use only high quality, long lasting, synthetic absorbable sutures.

 

Making the decision about where to have your pet spayed or neutered?  Here are the 3 most important questions to ask:

Do you place an IV catheter and administer intra-operative fluids to all patients?

Do you use gas anesthesia on every patient?

Do you intubate every patient?

 

 David H. Wright

The Pet Hospitals

 

 

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