Discussing Questions And Answers About Aspca

Thomas asks…

Is there a difference in spaying my dog at the aspca or the vet?

The vet costs abt $400 where as the spca costs $45, i just want to know if there has been any complains with having it done at the spca, they spay dogs all the time right?

Jimmy answers:

Let me preface this answer by saying that I can not speak for how things are done at every vets office- Ask your veterinarian about their procedures specifically before making your decision.

At a “regular” vets office, the procedure usually begins by placing an IV catheter in your pet’s vein, just like a person would get at the hospital. The pet is then put on IV fluids. There are many benefits to running fluids during surgery, including a smoother transition when waking up from anesthesia. Depending on your veterinarian’s policy, bloodwork might be drawn and run in house to assess anesthesia risk. This is a good thing, because even in young pets, sometimes there can be underlying medical problems that are asymptomatic, but that could pose a risk under anesthesia. As long as the bloodwork looks ok, the pet is then given the anesthesia that puts them to sleep. While the veterinarian is performing the surgery, an experienced veterinary nurse will monitor the pet’s vital signs under anesthesia, and keep the vet informed of the pet’s status- heart rate, breathing, and oxygen saturation. The veterinary nurse will also make sure that your pet is maintained at the proper level of anesthesia during the procedure. Once the surgery is done, the veterinary nurse will stay with the pet, continuing to monitor heart rate and breathing, while the pet comes out of anesthesia. They will then usually administer pain medication so that the pet wakes up comfortable. The pet will moved to it’s hospital cage, and once it is awake from anesthesia, will no longer require the one-on-one supervision. At this time, the pet will probably be monitored by a veterinary nurse in charge of monitoring a few hospitalized patients. The pet’s vital signs should still be checked every half-hour to hour. Your veterinarian should send you home with an Elizabethan collar, pain medications, and possibly antibiotics, as well as clear instructions for home care.

At the animal shelter or SPCA, an IV catheter is not usually placed and fluids are not usually run during a spay or neuter. The pet will be given anesthesia, and his vital signs monitored for about 5 minutes or so to be sure that things are going well initially. Once the veterinarian comes in to perform the surgery, the veterinary nurse will usually leave to begin prepping the next patient. (Note: a veterinarian does not NEED a veterinary nurse present to properly perform a spay or neuter). The veterinarian will complete the surgery, and the nurse will come back in to oversee the pet’s initial stage of waking up from anesthesia. Once the pet has shown that he is breathing fine on his own without the endotracheal tube, the pet will be moved into a hospital cage in a room with several other pets recovering from anesthesia. This is usually the same room that the veterinary nurses are prepping other patients in, and so there is a nurse present during the other pets’ recovery periods. Different shelters have different policies for whether or not they send home pain medicine/ antibiotics.

So- to sum it all up, let me first say that I hope I am providing a fairly neutral representation of the two scenarios. There is no doubt, however- that a “regular” vet’s office will be able to provide more one-on-one attention.

Vet’s office:
IV catheter and fluids
Patient is monitored while under anesthesia
Patient is monitored while recovering from anesthesia
Bloodwork might be run to assess risk of surgery
E-collar, pain medicine and antibiotics sent home

Shelter/ SPCA:
Same day procedure
Low cost
Benefits shelter animals
Patient is monitored while recovering from anesthesia
E-collar, pain medicine and antibiotics might be sent home

Let me also note that I have seen pets that have been spayed/neutered at a shelter/SPCA with no complications. Personally, I would not put a price on the value of proper monitoring of a patient under anesthesia. Anything can happen, and it is best to be prepared and ready for a potential complication.

Robert asks…

How to become an ASPCA cop?

I love animals and would love working with them and bring justice to those who hurt them. I’d love to become an aspca officer..how would i go about that? What would be my major in college?

Jimmy answers:

Most ASPCA officers are employed by their County. You start out working in the kennels, taking care of animals, and with seniority, you bid the road job.

Lisa asks…

Does anyone know how I can get the ASPCA police in my city?

I live in Atlanta and I do not think our laws are strict enough. I do not see how all these other major cities acn have then but Atlanta does not.

Jimmy answers:

Im sure you have some kind of animal control in your city.

Sometimes its hard to enforce all the laws, so many people own pets. And sadly, pets are still considered “property” so as long as the animal is reciving minimal care, people can do what they want.

IMO, the “minimal” care is still neglect.

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