Sterilisations - get them done properly
Disturbing - someone emailed to say that they had a cat that had been sterilised by a visiting vet from another country who came in at the request of an acquaintance. The cat was not sterilised properly and subsequently gave birth. It has since died of an infection that may or may not have had anything to do with the blotched surgery.
She said she had to pay $40 for the surgery. She didn't mention where it was done. Please do be careful if someone offers to do a surgery for you somewhere because there is someone who can do it cheaply. Every vet practising here must have a license - in fact that's why we've had so much trouble getting vets in to do high volume spay neuter because of the licensing restrictions. Even getting a demonstration done proved to be very difficult. However, if there IS a problem, you can get the AVA to look into it, whereas if you get some vet who is doing the sterilisations under the table so to speak, you can't do anything if the cat bleeds out. You also want to make sure it's done in sterile conditions - infections can kill a cat. IF something does go wrong during the surgery, you also want to make sure that the cat has proper medical equipment.
This is not in any way to run down foreign vets, many of whom are fantastic. However, it's to basically say we should all be careful. These are the questions you should be asking :-
1. Where is the surgery done - if it's not done in a proper vet clinic or with proper equipment be very wary;
2. Whom the vet is and whether they're licensed;
3. What is the protocol should something go wrong - ie where do you bring the cat to? Sometimes things do go wrong despite everything - you want to know where you ought to be bringing the cat to in that case; and
4. What the post operative care procedures are. Ask the vet or vet assistant or person who is admitting or releasing the cat if you're not sure.
It's not worth risking the cat's life for a cheap operation done under shoddy conditions.