Adobe Veterinary Center is committed to making your pet’s surgery as safe, comfortable, and stress-free as possible.
We include these steps in our neuter procedures for all dogs.
- Thorough exam by a doctor before the neuter procedure
- Pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that your dog is healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery. One in thirty pets have an abnormality found in the blood work that necessitates that we change the anesthetic plan or delay the procedure for that pet.
- Pre-medications to decrease any anxiety and support the pet’s body systems
- Individualized anesthetic and pain management plans for each pet
- High quality anesthetic agents given through the vein and airway
- An endotracheal tube placed in your pet’s airway for safe delivery of anesthetic gas, to decrease the risk of aspiration, and to support their breathing if necessary
- One-on-one monitoring by a specially trained technician using a pulse oximeter, EKG and respiratory monitor throughout the procedure
- IV catheter and fluids to keep blood pressure at a safe level and to provide a portal for emergency medications if necessary
- Circulating warm water pad, warm air blanket, warm water bottles and warm towels to reduce the risk of hypothermia and keep your pet comfortable
- Continual monitoring for discomfort and use of pain medications before during and after surgery in all patients. We also use laser therapy to decrease inflammation and discomfort.
- Post-surgical care by a trained technician in our ICU area including warm blanket changes, potty walks and TLC
- Discharge appointment with home care instructions
As in human medicine, the anesthetics available for our companion pets are extremely safe. As a result, the anesthetic risk is greatly minimized for a “healthy” pet. However, if your pet is not “healthy”, complications can occur both during and after the procedure. To minimize this potential risk, it is vital that we know your pet’s complete health status by performing a comprehensive physical exam and blood work before we administer an anesthetic. If the exam findings and blood work are normal we can proceed with confidence, knowing the anesthetic risk is minimized. On the other hand, if results are not within normal ranges, we will make the necessary changes with the anesthetic procedure to safeguard your pet. In some pets, the test abnormalities may be significant enough to postpone the procedure and instead monitor and medically treat your pet. Although these precautions cannot guarantee the absence of complications, they can significantly minimize risk and provide you and us with some peace of mind.
We work hard to keep our prices for our surgical procedures as low as possible without compromising the high level of service, safety and comfort we provide to your pets and thereby to you.