Spay and Neuter
INFORMATION FOR OWNERS REGARDING SPAY/NEUTER PROCEDURES
Thank you for choosing to spay or neuter your pet! You are making the best decision for your pet’s health and behavior, as well as the best decision for your community. By spaying or neutering your pet you are helping to control San Pedro’s pet population.
Here at San Pedro Animal Hospital we have a few options for you to consider regarding your pet’s surgery.
The standard fee for a dog spay is $200Bz. A cat spay is $150Bz, a dog neuter is $150Bz, and a cat neuter is $100Bz. This covers a full physical exam the day of surgery, anesthesia, surgery, an injection for pain, hospitalization and monitoring overnight. Your pet will be fed and walked at about 8pm the night of surgery. You may pick up your pet any time after 9:30am the following morning. We recommend that you plan to be in town for the first week after your pet’s surgery so that you can monitor the incision as it heals. We will go over full post-op care instructions when your pet goes home.
General anesthesia at SPAH is as safe as it is in the United States. We use the same inhalant anesthetic, called isoflurane, that is commonly used there. We will have your pet on oxygen using a tube that goes directly to his or her lungs. All anesthetic patients are also placed on a pulse oximeter which monitors your pet’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels. In addition, we use a second monitor which beeps every time your pet takes a breath.
Even with these safety precautions there is always some small risk with any anesthetic procedure. To minimize this risk, we at SPAH recommend that you consider the following options.
1. Preanesthetic bloodwork. For young patients, less than 7 years of age, this consists of a PCV and platelet count. In Belize, tick-borne diseases are common, and they can result in mild anemia and low platelet counts. Platelets are the cells that clot the blood. If your pet has an abnormal blood test result we may choose to delay the surgery and treat him or her with a drug called doxycycline before proceeding. The cost for the blood test is $90Bz.
2. IV catheter and IV fluids. Recommended for all patients, but especially for older animals or animals with health problems. An IV catheter is a port into your pet’s vein which allows us to administer fluids and emergency drugs, should they be needed. IV fluids will keep your pet hydrated during the procedure, assist in maintaining blood pressure, and contributes to a smoother recovery from anesthesia. The cost is $85Bz for both.
3. Pain medications to go home. Some pets may experience some post-op pain, swelling or soreness anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days after the procedure. We recommend that mild anti-inflammatories, such as Rimadyl, be given during this time. This medication will be explained more fully when your pet goes home. The cost depends on your pet’s weight, but ranges from $10 to 20Bz.
On the night before your pet’s surgery we ask that you do not give your pet any food after 10pm. Please drop your pet off at 9am the morning of surgery. If you need to drop off at a different time this can usually be arranged, so please let us know. We will have you fill out a short form which let’s us know whether you would like any of the above options and gives us permission to perform the surgery on your pet. We will let you know when we expect to complete the procedure and we can call you to update you if you would like. You are also free to visit your pet in the afternoon, but please call us first.
Although I recommend hospitalization overnight so that your pet can be monitored and get plenty of rest post-op, I understand if you would like to take your pet home in the evening and this can be arranged.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask us at any time.
Once again, thank you for choosing to spay or neuter your pet!