Rowlett Low-Cost Cat Spay and Neuter Program
Animal Hospital of Rowlett Announces Its new Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program which means your pet will receive the same high level of quality and service we’ve always offered, but at a much lower price.
Unlike many spay and neuter clinics, we at Animal Hospital of Rowlett will never compromise your pet’s safety or comfort.
The reduced-price spays and neuters are available for every other Tuesday appointments only. Call now at 972-412-0101 to schedule yours or book your appointment online. Slots fill up fast!
Our ALL INCLUSIVE feline spay comes with the following...
Just like in human surgeries, it is important that an IV catheter be placed on patients (even those going under anesthesia for short procedures). IV access allows us to give IV pre-operative drugs to calm your pet, IV pain medications to keep your pet comfortable, and IV anesthetic agents. IV catheter placement also allows for immediate access to a vein in the event of an unforeseen emergency. If a catheter is not in place and a patient has an emergency, it can take several minutes to place a catheter. You can have piece of mind that at AHR your pet will have a catheter in place prior to any anesthetic.
When pets are sedated they experience a decreased blood pressure from the sedation. IV catheter and fluids during the anesthetic episode are recommended. Although not all hospitals offer this service, we feel strongly that this procedure has helped us run a very successful surgery program. All Schools of Veterinary Medicine and all prominent specialists recommend that all pets have an IV catheter placed before anesthesia and that they receive IV fluids during the surgery. Fluids help with hydration after the blood loss from surgery and help to flush the anesthetic out of the pet's system so they are more awake when it is time to go home.
We recommend that all patients have labwork run within 90 days of a surgical procedure. When the doctor is able to review labwork prior to an anesthetic procedure, they are able to adjust the anesthesia protocol and drugs to best fit their patient's needs. In some cases, labwork results might even postpone or cancel the surgery. Here is a link to more information about pre-anesthetic labwork
Many spay/neuter clinics use only gas anesthesia and don't make any adjustments to the medications each pet is given. At Animal Hospital of Rowlett, we take into consideration the pet's labwork, the pet's age/weight/breed, how long we expect the procedure to take, etc. Here's a link from AAHA about anesthesia guidelines
While most surgery is uneventful, emergencies rarely arise. Early detection of impending problems greatly aids our ability to intervene and correct the problem.
An IV catheter will be placed prior to anesthesia induction. The IV catheter is our port for providing emergency drugs if there is an emergency. Having a catheter pre-placed is one of the most important procedures for safety. During anesthesia IV fluids will be administered to help maintain blood pressure, provide internal organ support and to help keep your pet from becoming dehydrated. During anesthesia, fluids are administered through specialized fluid pumps to give precise amounts of fluids. Warm air blankets (Bair huggers) keep our patients warm during anesthesia and speed recovery. A preanesthesia blood test can detect for hidden problems that could cause serious complications when the pet is under anesthesia or in surgery.During the procedure your pet will be monitored in several ways.
One of the best monitors is the surgeon because he is literally visualizing the blood in the circulatory system. Any change in the blood is readily noticed because pets that are breathing 100% oxygen should have bright red blood.Also, we have an anesthetist nurse in the room monitoring anesthesia. She monitors oxygen flow and anesthetic settings on the precision vaporizer, along with heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, heart rhythm, blood pressure, and temperature.
During anesthesia several monitors are used to track our patients’ vital signs. An EKG records electrical activity of the heart. A Pulse-Oximeter monitors oxygen content of the blood and heart rate. An Apnea Monitor tracks respiration rate.Veterinary Vital Signs Monitor
Our state of the art vital signs monitor allows the Veterinarians and technicians to evaluate your pet’s vital organs. By monitoring for important parameters we are able to predict problems before they can begin. This monitor allows us to evaluate heart rate, hearth rhythm (EKG), oxygen saturation (Pulse Oximetry), temperature, respiration rate. In addition, we have a EKG printer to document abnormal rhythms if they develop. This state of the art monitor allows us to run a very successful anesthesia program.
Esophageal Stethoscope - Our anesthetist technician also uses an esophageal stethoscope to listen to the heart. This sensitive instrument is passed into your pet's esophagus while under anesthesia and placed right at the level of the heart, thus greatly enhancing our ability to hear the heart and detect any problems.
Pulse Oximeter - The pulse oximeter is an instrument that measures the oxygen saturation of you pet's red blood cells (to be more specific, its hemoglobin). It is an extremely sensitive instrument that gives us an indication of problems that may be arising long before your pet suffers any ill effects. In addition to measuring oxygen saturation, it measures heart rate, pulse character, and respiration. We have 2 pulse oximeters in our hospital.
This instrument does its magic by measuring the hemoglobin that is oxygenated and comparing it to the hemoglobin that is not oxygenated. It does this by shining a light on an artery, and then measures how much of this light is absorbed. It gives us an answer in PaO2- the partial atmospheric pressure of oxygen
This pulse oximeter shows a pet with an oxygen saturation of 94%, a heart rate of 157. It is breathing 27 times per minute, and its heart rate is steady. The pulse oximeter has several different types of sensors that can be attached in various locations depending on the procedure being performed.The pulse oximeter can also be used on pets that are not anesthetized. It is useful for pets that are having difficulty breathing (dyspnea) from many different causes. It is also used to monitor pets that are in a state of shock. One of the most common reasons for pets to be presented to us in a state of shock is from trauma, especially being hit by a car (HBC).
The esophageal stethoscope and the pulse oximeter can be used simultaneously.
Capillary Refill Time - To complement these high tech methods of monitoring, our anesthetist technician uses several hands-on techniques as a backup. One of the easiest of these is called capillary refill time (CRT). By pressing on the mucous membranes in the mouth, and noting how long it takes for the blanched area to turn pink again, we get a basic assessment of your pets cardiovascular status. A normal pet's pink color returns within 2 seconds. This technique is used in other situations besides anesthetic monitoring. It is especially helpful when a pet is in shock or is dehydrated.
The endotracheal tube serves as an open passage through the upper airway. The purpose of endotracheal intubation is to permit air to pass freely to and from the lungs in order to ventilate the lungs. Endotracheal tubes can be connected to ventilator machines to provide artificial respiration. This can help when a patient is unconscious and by maintaining a patent airway, especially during surgery. The endotracheal tube facilitates the use of a mechanical ventilator in these critical situations. In human medicine, intubation is not optional - since the drugs paralyze the muscles of the body, including the diaphragm, which makes it impossible to take a break without a ventilator. Unfortunately, in animal medicine, not all facilities use intubation and not all facilities use general anesthesia.
We recover your pet in an incubator with a bair hugger and baby socks for warmth...not on a cold floor
Yes, there are facilities that recover hundreds of dogs and cats at the same time, un-monitored, on the cold floor. At Animal Hospital of Rowlett, your pet will be recovered with a nurse anesthetist monitoring their vital signs. They are kept warm and comfortable, recovering with warm blankets and teddy-bears. Your pet will never wake up scared and alone.
Pain control after surgery is important to your recovery. When your pain is controlled, you are able to speed your recovery by participating in your care, focusing on getting well, and avoiding problems that can occur after surgery.
Since your pet has had labwork with us prior to surgery, we are able to safely prescribe medications for your pet that will keep them comfortable in the days following surgery. Many clinics prescribe the same drugs to all patients, regardless of labwork, which can be dangerous! We will review your pet's medical history and labs and ensure we are prescribing drugs that will be safest for your pet.
We want to ensure that your pet is progressing normally after surgery. The nurse will check the incision for signs of infection or abnormal healing. The nurse will check your pet's temperature, heart rate and respiration to ensure they are within normal limits.
Around 14 days post-op, we will remove any sutures that were placed in your pet during surgery. At this time, your pet can resume normal activity!
The night of surgery, your doctor will call or text you to ensure you don't have any last minute questions or concerns. We will make sure you were able to give pain medications and that you have given the pet a small meal. Just checking in and giving you another opportunity to ask any questions! We want you and your pet to both sleep easy tonight!
We love sending photos of your pet in recovery. We know how nerve-wracking it can be to wait to hear about your pet when they are undergoing a surgical procedure. We want to let you know as soon as possible that they are in recovery and enjoying their time being snuggled at AHR.
We know there is a lot of information given at check out. What to watch for, what medications to give, when to return for visits. We want to be sure you have everything you need to aide your pet in a successful recovery and we will send all the notes to you in writing - once in an email and once on printed paper at check out!
From post op pictures to night of surgery phone calls, we will go out of our way to ensure that you have the best experience possible for your pet. We know they are your baby and they are our baby too!
*Only cats over 12 weeks and under 5 years of age are eligible for this special promotional pricing. Spay can not be performed at the same time as any other procedures. Additional fees apply for cats in heat, pregnant or obese.
*current physical exam and rabies must be on file or they will be performed at the time of the surgery
If you would like more information on the importance of the services listed above, please call or email. Special pricing limited to Tuesdays and for clients with no doctor preference.