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What Happens After I Drop off My Pet for Spay/Neuter
January 25, 2019
What happens when you drop off your fur baby for elective surgery? The first step is a full examination performed by your veterinarian. This is to ensure your pet is in perfect health. This will include a weight check and a listen to the heart and lungs. The doctor and RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) will also look for any abnormalities that may affect your pet’s risk to undergo general anesthesia.
Once the physical examination is complete, a small blood sample is taken from your pet. This will check to ensure his or her organs are functioning at optimal capacity. This is important as the general anesthesia will be passing through major organs. Bloodwork will also rule out any potential condition your pet may have.
Your veterinarian will then review the bloodwork and confirm whether he or she is deemed healthy for surgery. Once cleared, an intramuscular injection containing sedation will be given. This will help relax the patient before surgery.
Once he or she is sedated, an RVT (Registered Veterinarian Technician) will place an IV (Intravenous catheter). Your pet’s front leg will be shaved and prepped for this procedure. This will give the veterinary team access to your pet’s vein during and following the surgery. This will provide hydration to your pet as well as assist in maintaining their blood pressure. Fluids will also help support the liver and kidneys which will be processing the general anesthesia.
Once the intravenous catheter is placed, an induction agent will be given through the catheter. This will put your pet under anesthesia. After he or she is completely under anesthesia an endotracheal tube is placed into the trachea (windpipe). This will deliver oxygen and the gas anesthesia (Isoflurane) to your pet. This gas anesthesia will keep your pet asleep during the procedure.
Once your pet is asleep, he or she is prepped for surgery and then off to the surgery room.
Surgery is scary for many pet owners. We hope this eases some worries and answers questions you may have when considering surgery for your pet. If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.388.8880. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc. for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.