| At Animal Medical, we take great pride in our nursing team. Not only have most of our nurses gone through the rigorous training and testing process to become recognized by the New York State licensing board, but all are committed to caring for our patients and providing our clients with great education.One of the newest additions to our prestigious team of nurses, is Evie Meyer. She recently took the time to write out how Animal Medical distinguishes itself behind the scenes, in this case in the operating room, where we place an extraordinary amount of energy into being complete, cautious, caring, and state-of-the-art. Go ahead and read on to find our more.Spaying your dog or cat is a decision that every pet owner must make. It is important to know what this procedure entails. At Animal Medical of New City, we want to educate and inform you about how we prepare, perform, and care for our patients undergoing this procedure. To spay your pet means to render them infertile. There are a couple of reasons to spay an animal: eliminating reproductive capacity, abolishing the “heat” cycle, and modifying some possibly annoying behaviors. There is, too, the question of controlling animal populations by eliminating unwanted pregnancies. This is a big decision to make for pet owners. We believe that one can never have too much information.We make sure that all our patients are completely safe and comfortable before, during and after the procedure. We first thoroughly examine an animal in preparation of spaying. We require a total screen of your pet’s health to make sure she is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. This includes blood and urine sample testing, a pre-surgical examination by one of our three experienced doctors. This allows us to make sure your pet’s health is an A+ before proceeding with surgery.
If your pet is ready for spaying, we schedule the surgery. Our licensed veterinary technicians are fully trained and/or certified to monitor and prepare your pet on the day of surgery. We sedate your pet before she undergoes anesthesia to reduce her stress and make her as comfortable as possible. Your pet’s needs are our first priority. While in surgery we utilize multiple devices to monitor your pet’s every breath, heart beat and body activity. Although anesthesia always involves some risk, it is extremely rare that anything goes awry. Still, the fact that there is some risk is why we conduct a full health screen beforehand. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we have the training and technological capacity to respond immediately. In fact, we use advanced technology in every surgical procedure we perform at Animal Medical.
There are many surgical spay procedures. We are proud to offer all of these. A ‘traditional spay’ that removes the uterus and ovaries is one option. An ‘ovariectomy spay’ removes just the ovaries. A ‘laparoscopic spay’ uses a micro-camera attached to the end of a scope inserted into the body where our doctors perform the entire surgery internally through a single small incision in the abdomen. Our doctors highly recommend the laparoscopic spay as it is the least invasive procedure and causes the least amount of surgical discomfort. Not only is laparoscopic technology used in spaying your animal, it is also used as a technique for general exploratory surgery, internal examinations of the bladder, examinations of the nose and ears, the removal of foreign substances, for liver biopsies, as well as other procedures.
Lastly, once the surgery is finished, we have a very thorough patient monitoring protocol. As with humans, an animal’s body temperature decreases while under anesthesia. To increase the body temperature of our animals we use a ‘Bair Hugger’, a brand-named warming device that is wrapped around an animal’s body to increase their temperature in an noninvasive way. Fluids are also given. We want your animal to feel safe and comfortable during this procedure and we go to great lengths to make sure this is the case!
With spaying, we keep an animal overnight to minimize any health risks and to make sure she is ready to come home the next day. We provide pain and anti-inflammatory medication after surgery, along with an “E-collar” to ensure that your pet will not bother the incision with incessant licking or chewing. We take these measures to ensure a smooth and easy recovery for your pet and you! We also highly recommend at the time of surgery to get a microchip implant for your pet. (Many pet owners now have a microchip implant for their animal so that if it runs away or gets loose, it is much easier to reunite them with their lost pet.) Of course, this can be done anytime, but it is much better for an animal to have this done while under anesthesia. The microchip will allow any hospital or shelter to access your information so your pet can get back home as soon as possible!
Regardless of all the scientific and technical aspects of spay surgery, our main goal is caring for and protecting your pet. If you would like more information on our spay procedure give us a call or come visit us at Animal Medical of New City!
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