Anesthesia and surgery have an intrinsic risk. Things can go wrong, but, just like when flying an airplane, following a checklist with an established safety protocol minimizes the risk dramatically. BEFORE the surgery, you’ll want to know whether the patient has enough red blood cells, whether there is enough protein and blood glucose within the blood. You’ll want to know whether the kidneys and liver are able to handle the anesthetic medications. That’s why pre-anesthetic blood tests should be done a few days prior to surgery. Just because most young animals have lab tests within normal range does not make blood testing an unnecessary procedure.
Some breeds have special genetic conditions that need more in-depth screening. Failing to recommend blood tests cannot be justified with the veterinarian’s attempt to provide a low cost spay or neuter.
13. What follow up visits are necessary?
“No sutures to be removed” is often advertised as an advantage. It is more economical, saving time for the owner and for the veterinarian. But regardless of what kind of wound closure was used, as veterinarians with decades of experience, we have seen many complications from surgeries and we make ourselves available to you after the surgery. We also want to see your pooch at least once after the surgery to make sure everything is perfect. This visit includes checking the deeper layers of the incision, the temperature, and listening to the heart. It is just good medical care you should expect from everyone.
14. Can you take care of additional procedures during the operation?
Veterinarians in Markham often see smaller dog breeds with problems replacing their baby teeth with permanent teeth. Dogs often have two sets of identical teeth, causing orthodontic problems. This is the beginning of serious, painful mouth problems. A thorough veterinarian will assess your pet’s teeth and correct them, when possible, at the time of the surgery for a very minimal charge. High volume facilities usually do not offer this level of service and we often see the pet a year later with a dental disease that could have been prevented so much cheaper and more effectively if it had been treated earlier.
Similarly many male and female pets have an umbilical hernia. This is an easy condition to correct, when the pet is already being operated on, but someone has to take the time to check this out and inform you.
At the Animal Hospital of Unionville, a veterinary clinic in Markham, we love animals through and through. Our job is to inform and educate pet owners to facilitate their decision-making. Animals need our and your protection. Only when you have the right information and take the right action, can you give your pet optimal health. Low cost surgical services make us cringe… not because they save money, but because high standard quality can’t be “cheap”. This concludes our series. We hope we gave you the critical information. Please contact us for anything … We’re here for your pet and … for you 🙂
Dr. Ernst Marsig, veterinarian in Markham
Practicing Veterinary Medicine in Markham for a Long and Happy Life of ALL Your Pets.
Animal Hospital of Unionville, a veterinary clinic on the north side of Hwy 7, serving all pets in Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Stouffville, and North York since 1966. We are your family vets for dogs, cats, pocket pets (rabbits, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, skinny pigs, etc.), ferrets, and birds (budgies, cockatiel, parrots, amazon, cockatoo, love birds, conures, African greys, finches, canaries, etc.).
Disclaimer: No part of this website constitutes medical advice. Readers are advised to consult with their veterinarian.