Although SpaySA has been in the business of Spay/Neuter for over 10 yrs,
the practice of spay/neuter has been around for far longer. Veterinarians have been "fixing" animals to control populations and prevent unwanted behavior for hundreds of years. The first recorded spay happened in 1410- that's over 6oo yrs ago!!
So what exactly is spaying and neutering?
It's the practice of removing the reproductive organs from a female or male. Spaying is for girls and neutering is for boys. This surgery has been refined through the years, but the end result is the same- In females, the uterus and ovaries are removed while in the males the testicles are removed.
We schedule spay/neuter surgeries Tuesday through Saturday.
Depending on the number of surgeons we have available, we can schedule up to 80 animals a day. Each day's schedule is broken down into males and females, and how much they weigh. Neuters are a simpler surgery than spays because they are not as invasive. Also, the smaller the pet, the easier the surgery is.
Intake begins at 6:30am and goes until 8am.
This allows the veterinary technicians to look over each pet and get a basic idea about their health. Pets who are sick, or have health issues such as heart murmurs, are too small for surgery, etc. Sometimes this check can take a little bit of time, but it's for your pet's safety. We've done thousands of spay/neuter surgeries, but it is still surgery. Anesthesia is always a risk.
Once all the pets are all checked in,
they each get an individual dosage sheet based on their weight. Each pet is given the correct dosage of their sedation, an antibiotic, a pain medicine, and any vaccines they need. When the surgeon arrives, it's time to get to work! Each pet is sedated and prepped for surgery by shaving the surgical site, giving their injections, and scrubbing the surgical site clean.
The surgery itself takes very little time.
Large female dogs take the longest- anywhere from 15-30 minutes, while male cats take less than 2 minutes. Each pet is sedated for about 40 minutes from start to finish, but they aren't available to go home until 3pm that afternoon. This gives them time to recover from the surgery and for the Veterinarian and technicians to make sure each animal is fully awake before sending them home.
Once your pet has been spayed or neutered,
there are just a few rules. You need to limit their activity for the next 4-5 days. This means no running, jumping, or rough play. They also need to be kept inside for this time. Surgery means no bath for a week (7-10 days) and most importantly, each pet has to be watched closely to make sure they don't lick or chew at their incision. That is the number one reason animals have to come back in- because they lick, irritate, and open their incision.
Who are We?
SpaySA's mission is to prevent the overpopulation of cats and dogs by funding spay and neuter services for domestic animals owned by the residents of San Antonio and Bexar County.
To develop, promote, and sponsor programs of education to encourage better understanding, greater appreciation, and better care of all animals.
To engage in other activities which encourage and promote kindness, consideration, and prevention of cruelty to all animals and to exercise all other powers, rights, and privileges conferred by the laws of the state of Texas.
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