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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or neutering can improve your pet’s overall health and happiness as well as increase their lifespan. There are many benefits of spaying and neutering, such as preventing diseases or unwanted behaviours and helping to control the overpopulation of pets.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?


Spaying refers to a common surgical procedure for removing the uterus and ovaries of a female. This helps to avoid heat cycles, potential health issues and unwanted litters. For males, neutering is a surgical procedure to remove the testicles. This helps to prevent potential health issues and unwanted behaviours. These procedures are both done under anesthetic and your pet is required to spend the day with us. Your pet is monitored and kept comfortable before, during and after the procedure by our team of veterinarians, technicians and veterinary assistants.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?


There are lots of good reasons to spay or neuter. Spaying helps to prevent uterine infections and mammary cancer, neutering helps to prevent unwanted behaviours in males. You also will be helping to prevent the overpopulation of pets in our area.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?


We typically recommend spaying or neutering at around 6 months of age. This recommendation may vary based on the size and/or breed of your pet. Our veterinarians can discuss which age is the best choice for your pet.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?


This will depend on a few factors including the age and size of your pet. Please contact one of our team members for more details.

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Last updated: September 24, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. OPEN DOOR POLICY - WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week

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!

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital