Unlike humans, surgery is an experience most pets have early in life. With the exception of many of our sporting breeds or working dogs, most pet owners elect to spay or neuter their new family member in order to help minimize the risk of some behavioral concerns, or potentially more pressing, the risk of dangerous conditions later in life.
Although many veterinary surgeries are commonly performed, they are certainly not routine. Did you know a spay on a female dog or cat is essentially the same thing as a hysterectomy (plus the ovaries) in a woman? From the pre-surgical preparation extending to the choice of anesthetic drugs and down to the medications provided following surgery, each patient is treated individually, taking the patient’s age, breed (some breeds are more sensitive to certain drugs than others), temperament, and degree of discomfort expected with surgery, into consideration. With this tailored approach, our veterinarians can help ensure your pet’s procedure is as safe and pain-free as possible.