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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic