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"When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than
 I with her."

Montaigne

Spay / Neuter Information Even though ovariohysterectomy [spay] and castration [neuter] are the most common veterinary surgeries, we don't consider them 'routine' at all. Each pet is unique and deserves the same level of care and attention that we would give our own pets.

As with all surgeries the emphasis starts with patient safety. Patient evaluation in the form of physical exam and pre-anesthetic blood work is our ongoing recommendation to rule out any preexisting disease prior to anesthesia. Twenty-year data shows that nearly 10% of patients having pre-anesthetic blood work show an abnormality. which may lead to a modified anesthetic protocol or postponing surgery.

Hillside Animal ClinicThe choice of anesthetic and and pre-medications used are based upon safety, pain relief during and after the surgery, and for a smooth recovery. Your pet's vital signs are electronically monitored during surgery. Post-op pain relief medication is routinely dispensed.

Post-op wound infections are virtually non-existent because for most closures we use the newest, bacteria - resistant suture material and skin staples. The use of skin staples also lessens surgery time because it shortens time spent closing the wound by as much as 75%, shortening surgery and anesthesia time in the process.

Spay / neuter surgeries are outpatient procedures, as nearly all pets recover nicely and go home by late afternoon or evening. Post-op home care consists of checking the incision daily and restricting exercise until the staples are removed, normally 10 days later.

Our goal is to have the safest and healthiest outcome for your pet.  The surgical supplies utilized and the procedures followed are always chosen with their very best interests in mind.


JAMES R HILL, DVM has been practicing compassionate veterinary medicine in Collinsville, Illinois since 1981. Hillside Pet Clinic Veterinary Hospital is located at 2016 Vandalia Street.
Our staff consists of seven employees working hard to ensure your pet's health and well-being.

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