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Neutering For Dogs and Cats

Little Mountain's spay and neuter program has helped many people be able to neutering their pet affordably. However they must be less than a year old. Over a year old regular prices which are still at a discount apply

Indications:

Neutering pets removes the desire of the pet to wander in search of females in heat. It is when they wander that they get into trouble - they can be hit by a car, get into a fight with another dog or cat, get into people's garbage, chase farmer's sheep etc. For dogs if they have developed a taste for the fun of roaming neutering may have little effect. Likewise for cats if they are hunters neutering will not stop them form doing this.

What is done when a pet is neutered?

When an animal is neutered the cord and vessels to the testicles are tied and the testicles are removed. It is irreversible. This removes the male hormone testosterone and makes the male infertile. The pet is more inclined to put on weight so make sure you adjust what is fed to your pet so that this can be avoided.

The Surgery

Preanesthetic blood work and intravenous fluids are recommended for all pets neutered at Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic. The pet received a preanesthetic exam to make sure it is a good anesthetic risk. If abnormal findings are found the owner is contacted and the options are discussed so make sure you leave us a phone number where you can be reached. If we cannot contact anyone we do not proceed.

If the pet is a good anesthetic candidate his blood is tested (if owner consents  to this), he is sedated of the blood tests are within normal,  he is sedated, with owner consent IV fluids are started when he is sedated, he is then anesthetized. A trained anesthetist monitors and records the anesthetic fingings throughout the procedure. This is very important. Despite monitors placed on the patient if they are not watched and the patient is not checked every 3 to 5 minutes anesthetic deaths can occur. An endotracheal tube is placed into his trachea - this is a very important step and not done at all clinics. The reason for an endotracheal tube is to prevent any stomach contents going into his trachea and into his lungs. The surgical site is shaved and given a sterile prep. The surgery is performed always by the veterinarian. Following surgery the patient is monitored by the anesthetist until able to swallow and the endotracheal tube is then removed. When the patient is sufficiently awake he is moved to his kennel where he is allowed to wake up on his blanket.

We always send home an elizabethian collar with elective spays and neuters as pets can lick themselves and that is very dangerous as they can open up their wounds and infect them. If this occurs any surgery following or any hospitalization is done at regular charges.

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