Since 1956, Bay Animal Hospital has been an advocate for the health & well being of animals in our community.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE RISKS OF LOW-COST STERILIZING:
Based on experience of our doctors', the concerns regarding low-cost sterilization clinics are high. They want the community to understand the value in the difference in price attached to sterilization procedures. Our doctors tend to see higher numbers of surgical complications than what is considered 'normal', in patients that undergo a spay/neuter at these 'express' clinics. Complications include infected and inflamed incisions, and worrisome, inadequate after-care monitoring/instructions, etc. Many animals are even sent home without proper pain medications after these major surgeries, which we feel is unacceptable. While we realize having a pet spayed/neutered can be expensive, it's important to know the value in what you are paying for. Our advice to pet owners is to always ask what is included and be sure you are fully informed before scheduling a surgical procedure for your fur-baby.
The following demonstrates what's included in surgical procedures performed at Bay Animal Hospital,
and some additional suggestions from our team:
- Gas anesthesia is used versus injectable sedation, this way sedation is more controlled & can be customized to each patient.
- Pre-anesthetic blood work is required for all patients. This is to minimize unforeseen complications with anesthesia effecting internal organs such as the liver & kidneys, as these particular organs are responsible for ridding the body of the anesthetic adequately.
- Patients are operated on individually using new, sterile supplies & instrument packs for each procedure. From the check-in process to recovery, you can trust that your pet is our surgical team's top priority and will receive our undivided attention and monitoring.
- Anesthesia is performed & monitored by a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
- Pain medications are given prior to, during, & post surgery. (These may be non steroidal, anti inflammatory, or an opiate.) Your pet's comfort is important to us and our team will do our very best to ensure they are as comfortable as possible following their procedure with us.
- Patients are kept warm by the use of heated surgery tables & heating blankets (Bair Hugger). We also administer warm fluids via IV catheter while your pet is being operated on. Should monitoring during a procedure tell our team that your pet is having trouble maintaining a body temperature we would prefer, there are additional tools and methods we have to ensure they are where they should be.
- Complimentary toenail trims are given to every patient while here for surgery.
- When a procedure is complete, recovery is closely monitored by our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Our surgical recovery suite is attached to our surgical suite, only separated by glass door for safety, while still offering direct site by the surgery team to your pet
- Pain medications go home with each patient as part of our aftercare protocols.
- Depending on the procedure, your pet may be recommended to have an overnight stay, in which case they will be monitored by our staff to be sure any pain is controlled & activity levels are limited for proper recovery
- A personalized & detailed discharge packet made by your pets' surgical assistant that day, in which will be reviewed with you upon pick-up of your pet
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If your pet is with us for a surgical or drop-off procedure, please understand that our team is performing these procedures from the time we our office opens, until the end of the day. As soon as your pet's procedure is complete, the doctor will get them safely to our recovery suite and will promptly call you with an update. Throughout the extent of your pet's stay, they are monitored by our patient care staff members to ensure they are comfortable, clean & dry, taken out to potty, and provided water or food when appropriate. Whether your pet is with us for 3 hours or for 8, we can assure you they are are in great hands.
If your pet tends to be fairly active at home, it is highly recommended to request doctor to prescribe a low-dose sedative so your pet can properly rest for the 2 week healing period without added complications. Overactivity during the crucial healing period could result in needed additional surgery. We would much rather hear that your pet is sleepy and bored for 2 weeks, than see them back for another surgery to attempt to resolve complications.
Your pet's spay/neuter appointment is the perfect time to make sure they are up-to-date on their heartworm test (starting at 7 months or older) and to have a HomeAgain microchip placed while under anesthesia. HomeAgain microchip are for-life, but come with the first year of extended services which includes:
1. Flyers sent to local vet clinics, animal shelters, pet stores, and other HomeAgain users in the community should you report your pet as missing.
2. Emergency medical hotline/poison control ($75+ value)
3. Travel assistance if your pet makes it very far from home.
4. Lost-pet specialist with recommendations on how to find your pet.
If you choose NOT to continue the extended service with HomeAgain, the microchip is still active and will be linked to you! When your pet is microchipped, your basic info will be updated on the account, however it is recommended you visit the HomeAgain website to enter detailed information and an identifying photo.
Many pet owners mistakenly assume surgeries are performed exactly the same at all veterinary hospitals. Pet owners should be encouraged to ask questions about the specifics of how their pet's procedure will be performed, before making the decision in where they should go.
Bay Animal doctors and staff are dedicated to quality health care for pets and quality service to our clients. When scheduling a surgical procedure, please understand that as each pet deserves our full, undivided attention while here, we reserve the right to limit the number of surgeries we are able to perform each day. There are also some instances or cases when a pet's pain or discomfort make take precedence over another pet, which may result in procedures being rescheduled or having to be scheduled several weeks out from the time of your call.
We thank you for keeping this in mind.
Our entire team is fully committed to care & compassion for our patients & clients, always.
Give us a call at (989) 893-4549 today!