Vallarta Living | March 2007
|The Anatomy of a Spay & Neuter Clinic|
Laura Gelezunas - PVNN
A key tool in the war on animal overpopulation is the high-volume spay/neuter clinic. These are designed to be free or at low-cost rates. The prices are kept low because vets are able to efficiently and effectively spay or neuter in large numbers by using the latest techniques. The clinic makes a real dent in the number of unwanted litters in the region.
|BanderasNews videographer Laura Gelezunas gives us an inside look at the free spay and neuter clinic that was held by a group of volunteers from Alley Cat Rescue at the Centro de Acopio Animal/Puerto Vallarta Animal Shelter on March 2nd and 3rd.|
The first spay and neuter clinic was held at the Centro de Acopio Animal/Puerto Vallarta Animal Shelter on March 2nd and 3rd. Nearly 100 animals were fixed at no cost to the pet owners. This is also the first clinic of this size in Puerto Vallarta.
The process starts at the registration table. Pet owners answer a few questions and it is determined if the pet is ready to be "fixed." The dogs or cats are given a number and then transferred to a waiting area.
After several minutes, the animals get moved to the pre-surgery prep area. Here they get shaved and anesthetized.
Next, the animals are spayed or neutered. This is a simple surgery and most spays are completed within 20 minutes, neutering takes less time. The operation itself is certainly not cruel, but a fairly simple and routine procedure that actually helps the pet.
For females, the ovaries and uterus will be removed, ceasing the production of eggs. For males, the testes will be snipped, eliminating the source of sperm.
After the procedure is complete, the animals are taken to a post-surgery recovery area where vital signs are monitored and comfort is given as they awake from the anesthesia. This takes from one to two hours. Every animal is different.
Once the pets are awake, they are transferred to a second recovery area. Here, owners can reunite with their loved ones as they continue to recover from their operation.
Soon the pets are able to travel home. Most clinics provide information about the recovery process along with medication for the incision area.
In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve the pet's health and life expectancy. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering swill make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.
Homeless pets create serious problems. They destroy property, spread disease and cost a lot of money to control. It's an agonizing job to euthanize animals because of irresponsible breeding.
Each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. alone. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
Spay and/or neuter your pets, your animals will be happier, and so will you.
Learn more about Alley Cat Rescue's Puerto Vallarta Spay & Neuter Clinic:
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After having spent 10 years in the world of US broadcast news, Laura Gelezunas decided to unleash her skills on Puerto Vallarta by opening Video Diva Productions, a full-service, professional digital video company. Whether you're interested in a sales video, WEBmercial, music video, feature story, documentary, or corporate event video coverage, she has the experience, equipment and talent to coordinate a professional production. For more information, visit her website at VideoDivaProductions.com.