Any surgical procedure requires anesthesia. Anesthesia can have risks, but some precautions can be taken.
- Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork
We strongly recommend pre-operative blood work prior to anesthesia to help identify any unknown pre-existing conditions. This blood panel checks internal organ functions such as liver, kidneys, hydration, blood sugar, protein levels, and electrolytes, and a complete cell blood count to help our doctors fully determine if a pet is healthy and capable of safely handling and properly metabolizing anesthesia. The Pre-Anesthetic Blood Panel is $63.00.
- Intravenous Fluid Therapy
Intravenous fluid therapy is recommended to help keep your pet's blood pressure normal during surgery and to help with the elimination of anesthesia by-products. The IV catheter used to deliver the fluids is also an extra layer of security, allowing us immediate IV access in case anything unexpected happens under anesthesia. This treatment is $60.00.
- Pain Management
Pain management will be sent home with your pet in order to help them feel more comfortable during their post-operative recovery. This cost is already included in the cost of every spay and neuter surgery. Pain medication is given during every surgery, as well.
- Retained Deciduous Teeth
As puppies and kittens grow, their deciduous, or baby, teeth begin to fall out as their adult teeth come in. Sometimes, however, baby teeth do not fall out properly as the adult teeth are coming in, causing them to be retained, and the adult teeth to be in abnormal positions. This causes crowding in the mouth, which can lead to dental cavities, abnormal bite pattern, and abnormal jaw position. While more common in puppies, it has been observed in kittens, as well.
During a sedated procedure, your veterinarian can extract any retained baby teeth to alleviate pressure and crowding of adult teeth. The cost is $12.00 per tooth (no cost is accrued if no teeth are extracted).
A microchip can be a miracle in returning your lost pet. The microchip is a small, bioglass computer chip about the size of a grain of rice. It carries a unique identification number that connects to your pet and your contact information.
In the event your pet is lost, any veterinary hospital or animal shelter can scan your pet to retrieve the microchip number, and can look up your contact information in your microchip's database. This is why it is vitally important to keep the contact information associated with your pet's microchip up to date.
Your pet can be microchipped at any time. However, it is always offered at the time of surgery since administration is even easier while your pet is sedated. The cost is $35.00 while sedated, or $40.00 regularly.