anaesthesia rWhy you need to be informed before making your choice
Pet Desexing is probably the most “shopped for” service around despite the fact this procedure is far from simple and non-traumatic for your pet.
Most clinics already generously discount this procedure to “encourage” desexing to help reduce the risk of producing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.
But there is a limit as to how cheap you can go without compromising your pet’s health and wellbeing.
Desexing a female animal (dog or cat) for example is a highly invasive and traumatic surgery that needs the same care and attention as do similar abdominal procedures that cost a lot more.
Any compromises made increase the risk of infection, anaesthesia complications, prolonged healing and unnecessary pain and discomfort for your pet.
While it’s fair to ask these procedure be done as cost effectively as possible to encourage desexing, it’s unreasonable to expect that this procedure is done so cheaply so as to risk an animal’s safety.
Always ask what’s included
At the same time you are given the price for the procedure – make sure you are also given a full list of what is included.
Why? Because there are many different ways they can be performed. Most people don’t know this.
Some include everything that should be included if doing a similar surgery and others include much less. Generally what is left out are all the things you don’t get to see.
This is why you get that price variation between clinics.
compare a spey procedure with a similar Abdominal Surgery
If your pet needed abdominal surgery – say to remove a foreign body – the inclusions would look like this:
- Your pet would have a physical exam which includes checking heart and lung function
- Pre- Anaesthetic blood test would be taken to ensure that the organs responsible for removing the toxic by products of anaesthesia are healthy enough to do so.
- Your pet would be given sedation and pain relief prior to anaesthesia for smooth induction of gas anaesthesia.
- Your pet is placed on a anaesthetic breathing circuit so that the dose of Anaesthesia can be carefully controlled throughout
- Anaesthetic monitoring equipment is used to monitor your pet throughout the procedure.
- A sterile surgical kit is prepared for your pet’s surgery. (Not shared amongst other patients)
- The vet uses sterile gloves and wears a sterile surgical gown and cap to minimise risk of contamination of the surgical site.
- A trained nurse is used to monitor your pet as well as assist the vet throughout the procedure.
- Fluid therapy is provided to maintain your pet’s hydration and blood pressure whilst under anaesthesia. (Anaesthetic drugs affect blood pressure and cause dehydration so fluid therapy is extremely valuable to your pet’s safety and recovery after surgery)
- Post surgery pain relief medications are provided as needed during and after the procedure.
- Your pet is monitored in hospital until fully recovered from anaesthesia.
TIP: Ask for a written document of everything that is included for the price
Once you have your checklist (which by the way looks similar to the abdominal surgery inclusions above) – then you can more accurately compare value for money between different vet clinics.
You can access our Desexing Guides for Dogs and Cats below 👇
🐶 Our Dog Desexing Procedures
Choose wisely and don’t fall for everything you see or hear on Social Media.
People make decisions based on different criteria.Too often these platforms are filled with advice to go here or there because you get the cheapest price.
Not everyone is after cheap – especially when it comes to the care of our pets. Do your own research and decide for yourself.
Get opinions from informed people – those who work in the profession and can provide factual information and those who share the same values about animal care you do.