We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
The most common surgical procedure in a veterinary hospital would be the spay/neuter. It can also be a very personal and contentious issue. We consider these surgeries as a valuable part of a pet’s preventative care – we see so many reasons to do so on a daily basis. We see patients with physical conditions related to their reproductive organs. We consult with patients dealing with hormone-related behavioural issues. We are always happy to discuss reasons and concerns about your individual dog.
Neutering/spaying your dog removes the reproductive organs so that they cannot procreate. Removing these organs stops hormone production as well.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
The greatest benefit to yourself, your pet and your community is to prevent unwanted litters. There are also behavioural and health benefits to having your pet neutered as well. Marking behaviours, roaming and certain aggressions can be avoided by spay/neuter. Prostatitis, mammary masses, vaginal prolapse, pyometra are all common conditions associated with intact animals. Our staff would be happy to review the pros and cons of your individual pet.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
As we are learning more about our dogs through veterinary research, it is becoming evident that there is no absolute answer. Size and breed are now a huge factor in the timing of a spay/neuter. However, the risk of pregnancy or long-term behavioural issues may alter the final scheduling as well. Our goal is to review these concerns during routine vaccinations as part of your dog’s preventative health program.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
Our neuter/spay prices are related to the size of your pet. Our goal is to provide the best care possible, so pain control, bloodwork, fluids and anesthetic monitoring are including in our standard surgical estimates.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 20, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.797.2960. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.