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Neutering my dog

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In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies there are many health and behavioural benefits of neutering that make it a desirable procedure.

The benefits of spaying female dogs or bitches are clear. If neutered at or prior to the first season you can significantly reduce the the chances of mammary tumours occurring in later life. In addition, the problems associated with managing a bitch in season every six months are eradicated. Uterine disease is also common in bitches and neutering will prevent this occurring.

In male dogs castration will eliminate testicular cancer and also problems associated with the prostate. Some behavioural issues can be resolved by castration but not all of them.

At Arun Veterinary Group we encourage all owners to neuter their pets. We offer a complimentary pre neuter check to discuss the procedure in detail with a vet and ensure that the time is right for you and your pet.

What is involved in neutering my dog?

  • A small area of the front leg is shaved and an intravenous catheter placed for administering fluids and medications.
  • A blood test is taken to provide information in relation to liver and kidney function.  Assuming the blood test reveals no underlying problems, a preanesthetic injection along with pain medication is administered.
  • Once the pre med has taken effect, an anaesthetic injection is administered via the catheter.The endotracheal (breathing) tube is placed in the airway to assist with maintaining the anaesthetic.
  • As your dog’s heart and breathing are monitored by a nurse, another nurse prepares the surgical site.
  • The veterinary surgeon scrubs and “gowns up,” and the patient is moved to the surgery table; the incision site is prepared.
  • The patient is connected to a respiratory monitor and anesthesia is adjusted and monitored accordingly.
  • The surgery begins.
  • Once the surgery is finished the patient is transferred to the kennel area where they are closely watched until the endotracheal tube can be safely removed.
  • It is at this time that we usually call to assure you that all has gone well and to schedule a discharge time.
  • The operating room and the surgical instruments are sterilised to prepare for the next surgery.
  • When the patient is awake and able to walk, they are given a meal and taken out to toilet.
  • On discharge the nurse will go through the after care with you and explain the post operative pain relief as well as the feeding regime.

What pain medication will my dog receive?

Initially painkillers are given as part of the pre anesthetic protocol.  Following the procedure, your pet is sent home with 4 – 5 days worth of pain relief medication.

Why are intravenous fluids included?

Intravenous fluid therapy is an integral part of the anaesthetic protocol at Arun Veterinary Group. Anesthesia can lower blood pressure during any surgery. Intravenous fluids increase blood volume, thereby maintaining your dog’s blood pressure at a safer level. In addition, should drugs ever be required in an unexpected situation the indwelling catheter provides immediate intravenous access.

Why is pre-operative blood work required? (My dog is young and healthy)

The test tells us if your dog’s organs, particularly those associated with the metabolism of the aesthetic agents, are functioning properly. If congenital or age related abnormalities are identified, anesthesia protocols can be modified to ensure optimal safety during the procedure. If no abnormalities are detected we have at least  established a valuable baseline for future reference.

How can all this be done for such a reasonable cost?

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens, Arun Veterinary Group has subsidised the cost of your dog’s neutering. Another comparably involved surgery would certainly be more expensive. It is important to note however, that even with the costs reduced your dog has received the best veterinary care possible. We perform the procedure using the highest standards available today to minimise the risk of infection and make the procedure as pain free as possible. Be assured that high quality veterinary care is never compromised at Arun Veterinary Group.

Should I do anything special when my dog comes home?

  • For a week or so after surgery, you should keep your dog’s activity restricted, though shorter walks are fine. Do not encourage running, jumping, and other active play.
  • Your dog may be a little quiet and sleep more than usual for the first couple of days.
  • After the initial recovery period whereby we would advise feeding a diet provided by us we then recommend that you feed your dog as you usually would.
  • You will need to examine the wound daily. Absorbable sutures do not require removal. We will ask you to return during the post operation period so we can inspect the wound and ensure everything is ok.

Please call us us if you have any questions or concerns.

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