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Spays in Dogs and Cats

Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic has been providing Chilliwack, Sardis, Promontory, Fairfield Island and beyond a popular spay and neuter program for many years.

Have a look at our virtual spay handout.

When a pet is spayed (ovariohysterectomy) the uterus and both ovaries are removed. To do this the pet must be examined to make sure it is healthy enough for the procedure.We recommend intravenous fluids and preanesthetic blood and urine testing - extra charges apply for these so owners decide to do these or not. The pet is then sedated and given preop pain medications and anesthetized. An endotracheal tube is used in ALL pets - cats and dogs for spays and neuters. This protects the lungs from breathing in stomach contents if the patient regurgitates during anesthesia. The spay procedure is done using sterile techniques. Antribiotics are not used routinely as we need to protect the  overuse of antibiotics which has lead to resistance to many fo the antibiotics we have now. Throughout the surgery a trained anesthetist monitors the vital parameters to make sure the pet is handling the anesthetic well. There is no substitute for a dedicated anesthetist when it comes to patient safety - while we use monitors we value our anesthetists. Pain medications are given. The patient is recovered in the presence of the anesthetist and then returned to the kennel room. We use blankets and towels in the kennels - not newspapers. We like our pets to be warm and comfortable.

Please note: This program is subsidized by the clinic owners, Dr Banyard and Dr Reynolds. Unlike the SPCA and other shelters we are not subsidized by donations nor are we subsidized by government grants and there is no such thing as MediCare for pets. We strongly believe that families need to have animals in their lives and that they need to be able to provide the basic health needs of their pet. We also believe that pets deserve the high quality treatment that we can provide them with and we will not lower our standards of care to our patients. We also want to make sure that our patients come to us for their surgery and not to a cheaper clinic. We do this through our maintenance (wellness) plans. The spay and neuter program is one of these important health programs. While we cannot afford to extend credit we can help the most people we can through these very popular programs. Our charges for spays and neuters in pets less than 1 year are approximately 10 to 20% of the CVBC recommended fee schedule and are done at a loss to the clinic. This loss does not mean the recommended fee guide is distorting the true value of the service. The recommended fee guide is based on providing veterinarians a professional income. The owners of this clinic extend these services by working all the time and taking no holidays. There is a cost to everything.

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