During this surgical procedure we will be placing your pet under general anesthesia. This state of unconsciousness is an unnatural state, and so carries risk. The risks for surgery include hypotension (low blood pressure), hypothermia or hyperthermia (high or low body temperature), hemorrhage (bleeding), infection, and allergic response to the anesthetic drugs used. More serious risks include cardiac events, stroke, and death. Anesthetic deaths are rare, and to limit the above risks, each patient undergoes a pre-anesthetic physical exam to ensure our patients are in good health, as well as a review of their medical history. Our patients are closely monitoring during surgery, measuring their vitals, blood pressure and other important parameters throughout the procedure. They also have intravenous fluids throughout the procedure for additional support.
Although there are risks for this elective procedure, the benefits include reduction of overpopulation, as well as:
Significant reduction in the risk of breast tumors.
Elimination of risks of infections of the uterus (pyometra), which can be life-threatening.
Eliminates risks of uterine & ovarian cancer.
Eliminates behavior associated with heat cycles.
Decreases risks of prostate enlargement and cancer.
Decreases behavior issues, such as roaming, spraying/marking, and fighting.
Eliminates risks of testicular cancer.