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June 22, 2023

Spay & Neuter Safe Snips Segment: IV Catheters

Welcome to our Safe Snips segment, where we share with you the many ways Heaven Can Wait Animal Society delivers high-quality, accessible veterinary care at our Spay & Neuter Clinic. We take immense pride in the care we provide; our staff is exceptionally trained, procedures are super-efficient, safety standards are through the roof, and the quality of our services is top-notch! Our Safe Snips segments unveil the secrets behind our high-level compassion, care, and safety during spay and neuter surgeries. Let’s explore why we place IV Catheters!


The Importance of IV Catheters

IV catheters are a standard practice for all spay patients and all canine neuter patients at our clinic. By establishing intravenous access, we can administer essential fluids and medications directly into the bloodstream at any moment they may be needed. IV catheters act as a lifeline, enhancing the overall safety and well-being of our patients.


Emergency Preparedness and Immediate Intervention

At our clinic, we understand that unforeseen emergencies can arise during surgical procedures. IV catheters serve as a vital tool for delivering emergency fluids or medications promptly. In critical situations where immediate intervention is necessary, having an established IV line allows our experienced veterinary team to act swiftly and efficiently, potentially saving an animal's life. The presence of an IV catheter ensures that we are always prepared for any unforeseen complications.


Balancing Time and Patient Care

While IV catheters are routinely placed for all spay patients and all canine neuter patients, they are not typically utilized during feline neuters. This is primarily due to the shorter duration of feline neuters compared to the time it takes to place an IV catheter. Our priority is to provide high-quality care while minimizing unnecessary time under anesthesia for our feline patients. However, spay patients and canine neuter patients are under anesthesia for a longer period. For these patients, the additional time required to place an IV catheter is a small investment that significantly enhances patient safety while under anesthesia.


There are exceptions, of course. Patient safety is always our top priority. All patients are monitored very closely while they are under anesthesia. If any abnormalities or concerns arise during this time, our staff is always prepared to place an IV catheter in a feline neuter patient.


Ensuring Safety and Comfort

We understand that the well-being and comfort of our animal patients are of utmost importance to their owners. Placing an IV catheter is done with great care by our skilled veterinary team. We use techniques that minimize discomfort and stress, ensuring, to the best of our ability, a positive experience for the animals in our care. By prioritizing patient safety and comfort, we strive to create an environment that is both reassuring and conducive to a successful surgical outcome.


At our nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic, the use of IV catheters for all spay patients and all canine neuter patients is an integral part of our commitment to providing the highest standard of care. By establishing intravenous access, we can swiftly respond to emergencies, deliver vital fluids and medications, and enhance the overall safety and well-being of our animal patients. Through the diligent placement of IV catheters, we balance the need for efficiency with our unwavering dedication to patient care. This transparency is extremely important to us, because your trust in our clinic allows us to continue making a positive impact on the lives of animals in our community.

Article written by Kelly Sheehan
Kelly is inspired by animal wellness, rescue, and the incredible bond between human and animal companion. Her passion is connecting those in her community who truly care to the animals and causes that need them.

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