Dog Neuter - Canine Orchidectomy (Neuter)

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Ever wonder what happens when your baby undergoes a medical procedure at Animal Hospital of Rowlett Veterinary Clinic or Animal Hospital of Heath? Watch the video below of a sweet patient undergoing a dog neuter:

Canine Orchidectomy (Neuter)

1. A premedical examination is performed, paying particular attention to heart rate rhythm and overall body condition.

2. A pre-op injection is administered to lightly sedate the animal and to allow us to use less general anesthetic.

3. An IV anesthetic is administered.

4. An Endotracheal tube is placed in the trachea to administer inhalant anesthetic. (Arrow denotes opening of trachea)

Placing an Endotrachel Tube   Placing an Endotrachel Tube

5. Patient is connected to anesthetic machine and heart/respiratory monitors.

This machine is equipped not only with the routine Isoflorane anesthetic vaporizor but also a newer anesthetic vaporizor for Sevoflorane. Sevoflorane is required for patients with preexisting liver or kidney dysfunction and optional for those with normal functions.

6. The surgical site is clipped and scrubbed to make the area sterile.

7. The patient is transferred to the surgery suite along with connected monitoring equipment.

A pulse oximetry monitor is attached to the patient's tongue with a soft rubber clip.

We monitor all patients' breathing with a simple device that will sound an alarm if the patient does not take a breath within a predetermined number of seconds.

 8. Patient is transferred to the warmed surgery table and placed into position for the procedure.

Our surgery tables are equipped with electric warmers to keep the tables at a steady body temp. Patients under anesthetic can lose body warmth, a particular problem for long procedures and small patients.

9. The technician continues to monitor the patient's vital signs.

All patients are monitored by pulse oximetry, respiratory monitor and often electrocardiogram. Despite the great reassurance of today's technological advances, they will never take the place of a trained technician at your patient's side. We do not perform anesthetic procedures without a technician's watchful eye.

Patient monitoring

10. The pulse oximetry machine is connected that will inform the doctor of the patient's percentage of oxygen in the blood stream during the surgery.

Pulse Oximeter is attached to the patient with an infrared tongue sensor. The machine will tell us the patient's oxygen saturation while under anesthetic. Normal values are over 95%. The pulse rate is also given and the pulse quality can be subjectively monitored with the sound of the beeps.

11. An incision is made midline prescrotal.

12. Testicle is pushed out through the incision.

midline prescrotal incision

13. The tissue is stripped from the testicle exposing the vasculature that provides blood to and from the testicle as well as the passageways for sperm.

testicle vasculature

14.The vasculature that connects the testicles to the body are clamped, ligated and replaced into the body.

Cord clamp

15. The subcutaneous layer is then closed.

16. The skin is closed with sutures that will need to be removed in 10-14 days.

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