The following are actual pictures from a recent dog neuter.
We recommend doing pre-operative bloodwork and electrocardiograms on all of our patients prior to anesthesia. This helps to ensure safety by looking for pre-existing conditions that could affect the patient. All of our electrocardiograms are read by a Board Certified Cardiologist.
The patient is given medications to prevent discomfort and to relax them prior to anesthesia
An intravenous catheter is placed to administer fluids, anesthetics, and additional pain medications. The fluids and pain medications will be continued until the patient is discharged later in the day.
Using a larygnoscope an endotracheal tube is placed to ensure an open airway and to deliver gas anesthetics.
The surgical site is shaved
A local anesthetic is injected into the surgical site to prevent sensation and further aide in patient comfort
All patients are monitored for heart rate, blood pressure (pictured), respiratory rate, electrocardiogram, and pulse oximetry (percent of blood oxygen)
While the doctor disinfects and scrubs for surgery, the technician is scrubbing the patient's surgical site
A sterile surgical pack is opened and the patient is covered with a drape
A testicle is pushed out of the scrotum and an incision is made over it. The testicle is removed from the incision. Its blood vessels are tied off and the testicle removed. The process is repeated on the opposite side but the same incision is used
The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures placed under the skin. To aide in tissue strength, a sterile surgical adhesive is applied to the site
After surgery an application of low level laser therapy is applied to the incision to reduce pain and promote wound healing. More information on this can be found on our homepage.
Recommended options that can be performed at Spay or Neuter include:
1. Fluoride foam placement on the teeth. This helps strengthen the enamel and can only be performed on anesthetized patients
2. Microchip placement. This permanent identification device will allow a shelter or veterinarian to identify your pet and notify you if he or she is ever lost and recovered.