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Spay and Neutering for Pets

As a pet parent, you can look out for the well-being of your pet in many ways. Spaying and neutering are surgeries in pets that prevents unwanted pregnancies and can prevent other illnesses in your pet such as cancer. Our veterinarians use modern equipment to perform this type of surgery.

What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevents pets from reproducing. Spaying refers to the removal of a pet’s ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the removal of the testicles in male pets.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

The general recommendation for spay or neuter surgery in cats is before six months old and before six and a half months in dogs. Spaying or neutering your pet at an early age reduces the possibility of unplanned litters. Be sure to consult your veterinarian for more information on when to spay or neuter your pet. Reach out to us at 204-452-0077.

What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?

There are many benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered; the most obvious is to prevent pregnancies. The prevention of unwanted pregnancies results in less animal overpopulation. Other benefits include:

  • Prevention of prostate, ovarian and breast cancers and uterine infections. When spaying is performed before the first heat cycle, the chances of developing cancers and infections are reduced. In males, testicular tumours do not develop if they are neutered.
  • Better mannerisms or behaviours in pets. A neutered male is less likely to be aggressive towards other males and are less likely to spray or urinate to mark territory. When pets are spayed and neutered, the heat cycle is eliminated so they are less likely to stray or roam about to procreate.
  • Other procedures can also be performed during surgery. To save your pet from another veterinarian visit we can perform microchipping, hernia repair and teeth cleaning when your pet gets spayed or neutered.

  • How can I prepare my pet for spaying and neutering surgery?

    To ensure your pet is healthy for surgery, our veterinarians will perform a health examination and blood testing. If your pet has any underlying conditions we will detect them and determine if surgery is a good option. It is also recommended that your pet is up to date with their vaccinations prior to surgery.

    Can my older pet be spayed or neutered?

    Absolutely! Though it is commonly believed that older pets cannot be spayed or neutered, it is not true. Pets 7 years and older can be neutered or spayed as long as they are healthy for anesthesia.

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    Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    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, 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Pick-up Only)

    5. 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!

    - The team at Southglen Veterinary Hospital