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.
Spaying and neutering are one of the most responsible ways we as pet owners can care for our pets. Neutering male dogs will help them become less frustrated, calmer and less likely to fight or roam. Neutering also helps curb their desire to mark their territory and helps prevent testicular cancer and some prostate problems. Spaying your female dogs help prevent uterine infections (pyometra) and mammary tumours and they live a longer, healthier life.
Neuter/spay is the term used to describe our sterilization procedures. Here this involves the removal of all reproductive parts. Don’t worry, your pet will not miss them or the responsibility and distractions they bring about!
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Animals are driven by instinct and hormones. They do not understand or have the ability to overcome these desires on their own. Not only does every cycle and litter increase the likelihood of cancerous changes, but there are also already enough unwanted, and inadequate care of animals in this world. Many other complications can arise from being in-tact long term as well including pyometra and prostate cancer.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
Males dogs we usually recommend neutering between 6 months and 2 years, depending on size, behavioural issues etc. Female dogs (small breeds) we recommend spaying between 6-7 months, also wait for all their adult teeth to come in, in case we need to remove baby teeth at the time of spay. Large breed female dogs we recommend spaying between 6-18 months, there is still a lot of controversy regarding large breed dogs. We recommend discussing this with your veterinarian.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
Please call for pricing for spays and neuters. This way we can give you a better estimate with all the information you give us.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 9:00 am - 5:00 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic