Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Neutering and spaying your dog is an important part of responsible pet ownership. This surgery prevents unwanted litters of puppies that can often end up in shelters. The surgery also helps prevent behavioural issues between dogs as well as improving their overall health in the long term.
Neutering and spaying a dog is a surgery that removes the testicles in male dogs and the ovaries and uterus of a female dog to prevent them from breeding or exhibiting sex hormone related behaviours, such as marking or inter-dog aggression.
Why is it important to neuter and spay my dog?
The main reason to neuter or spay your dog is to prevent unwanted pregnancy in order to reduce the number of dogs in shelters that need homes. Other reasons to spay and neuter include decreasing aggressive behavioural problems such as roaming, fighting, or urine marking. Research suggests that spay and neutering your dogs may also reduce their risk of developing prostate or mammary cancer later in their lives.
How old should a dog be before they get spayed or neutered?
We recommend neutering or spaying your dog between 5 and 6 months of age. This is before the dog becomes sexually active and is able to breed.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
The cost of a neuter/spay surgery includes an exam, the medications used during the surgery to anesthetize your dog, the surgery itself, a nail trim and some pain management to go home. There are also options for young dogs such as IV fluids and pre-anesthetic blood work. The cost of the surgery depends on your dog’s weight and it’s overall health status. We recommend calling your veterinarian’s office to discuss the best protocol for your individual pet and the associated costs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!