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The blood screening amplifies a general physical examination.  It analyzes fully and objectively your pet’s vital organs:  kidney and liver functions, cell types, ability to handle an anesthesia.  It creates a necessary and vital baseline for any future ailments.

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work is mandatory for pets at 7 years

  • Patients from 1-6 years
  • Pre-anesthetic blood work is highly recommended for patients less than one year






We can implant a small microchip today. The microchip is implanted in the midline, around the shoulder using a syringe.

It is not a pet tracking system, but a pet recovery system provided by Home Again.  A scanner is used to scan the imbedded chip and a number, unique to your pet, is displayed. Most veterinarians, shelters and animal control offices have these scanners. When your lost pet is found, Home Again will contact you.  




A pre-anesthetic physical exam is performed. The exam will check for heart murmurs, heart arrhythmias and lung performance/infections.  You will be notified of any irregularity which may or may not require further diagnostics or rescheduling of the procedure. 



When it is determined that your pet is ready for anesthesia, the medication will be administered by an injection suitable for your pet.  This will reduce stress and offer pain control

  • Intravenous IV Catheter

A catheter is inserted to initiate medications quickly, safely and comfortably.

  • General Anesthesia

A general Anesthesia is induced specifically tailored for your pet.  We use anesthetic protocols designed to be as safe as possible. Once your pet is unconscious, an endotrachael tube is inserted and inhalants introduced to maintain a surgical plane of anesthesia.   Sevoflurane, a very safe anesthetic also used on humans,is used at IAHC. A monitoring device, a pulse examiner, is used to check oxygen in blood, electrocardiogram for heart rate and rhythm and a respiratory monitor to read blood pressure and temperature.





The pet’s fur is clipped around the abdomen, and the entire area scrubbed to reduce likelihood of infection.  Your pet is placed on a re-circulating hot water blanket to maintain body temperature and transferred to the surgical suite. The doctor conducts a thorough sterile surgery prep to preclude any contamination.  The abdomen is opened between the pelvis and umbilical cord and the uterus and ovaries removed. Blood vessels to these organs are isolated, clamped and sutured to prevent hemorrhaging. The body wall is closed with layers of suture material. Additional pain management medicine is administered to ensure a calm and painless recovery.



The inhalant anesthesia is eliminated while  oxygen supply remains. Most pets regain reflexes within minutes. When your pet is able to swallow the endotracheal tube will be removed. Your pet is then moved to the recovery area, placed on an insulated pad and monitored until discharge from IAHC 



Estimates for any/all surgical procedures will be provided to you before a procedure is scheduled.  All IAHC staff members will be happy to answer any questions.




Thank you for giving us the opportunity to care for your pet. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s surgery. To insure the best care possible we want you to know the process.






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