Spay and Neuter
The Harmony Difference
At Harmony Animal Hospital, we have three goals when spaying or neutering your dog or cat: safety, pain management, and communication. Here’s what you need to know about our practice’s spay and neuter approach.
Patient Safety Procedures
Patient safety is always our top priority, so you can be assured that your animal companion is monitored and cared for from the second you drop your pet off at our office. Here are the steps we take to ensure your pet’s safety during a spay or neuter procedure:
- We treat every patient as an individual. We do not schedule multiple spay or neuter procedures at the same time because we perform each surgery individually and wait until that patient is 100% recovered before any other procedure is performed.
- All patients are required to have blood work. Blood testing helps us ensure that your pet is healthy before we administer anesthesia to our patients.
- We use an IV catheter and administer IV fluids for every procedure. The IV catheter provides the surgeon with instant access to the patient’s veins if any complications arise. We also administer IV fluids to maintain the patient’s blood pressure, which in turn supports her heart and kidney function, assures appropriate hydration levels, and compensates for blood loss.
- We never leave our patients alone. Our patients have a doctor and technician team attending to them from induction until they are fully recovered and stable.
- We keep our patients warm. Our patients are given a warming blanket during and after the spay or neuter procedure to maintain a healthy body temperature because they cannot do so on their own. This greatly reduces pain and speeds up recovery time after the procedure is finished.
- We monitor our patients’ vital signs. During anesthesia, it’s critically important to monitor a patient’s vital signs, including: heart rate, blood oxygen levels, CO2 levels, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and depth of anesthesia.
We use state-of-the-art tools to monitor your pet’s vital signs so that we can react instantaneously in the event of a complication.
Pain Management and State-Of-The-Art Surgical Tools
Getting spayed or neutered does not have to be painful for your pet, and we have the skill, experience and technology to reduce blood loss, pain, and inflammation before, during, and after the procedure. Here’s what you need to know about our pain management and surgical tools:
- We use two lasers to minimize bleeding and reduce post-operative inflammation. Harmony Animal Hospital doctors employ a surgical laser instead of a scalpel, which reduces bleeding and pain at the surgical site and aids in faster healing. After the procedure is done, we use a post-operative therapy laser to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, which helps our patients heal faster.
- Our patients receive three forms of pain medication. We use injectable local anesthesia at the surgery site, an injectable opiate before and after surgery, an anti-inflammatory injection at the time of surgery, and we provide all patients with a take-home prescription for anti-inflammatory medication that aids recovery.
If you are a pet owner planning a spay or neuter procedure, you deserve and can expect excellent communication from the staff at Harmony Animal Hospital. Our communication protocols for spay and neuter procedures are:
- Drop-off review. When you drop your pet off for his or her spay/neuter procedure, we will review the day with you and answer any questions you may have.
- Pre-operative notification. Before we begin the procedure, we will call or text you.
- Swift communication of any complications. If any complications arise during the procedure, we will call you immediately and keep you apprised.
- Post-operative notification. Once your pet is in recovery and stable, we will call or text you.
- Pick-up review. When you come to pick up your pet, we will review everything that has happened and advise you on what to expect during the next couple days to weeks. We provide written documentation about the procedure and aftercare, as well.