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 is the best way to have a healthy well adjusted dog. It eliminates the risk of preventable diseases, like uterine infections or cancers and helps decrease the overall pet population.
Spaying and neutering prevents a dog from mating and reproducing. For male dogs, this involves removing the testicles. For female dogs, this involves removing the entire uterus and ovaries.
Why is it important to neuter/spaying my dog?
Spaying and neutering can makes dogs better and healthier pets. The hormones involved in reproduction are strong and affect a dog’s behaviour. By removing these hormones, dogs have less desire to roam and urine mark their territory. It also helps to decrease aggression. Spaying and neutering helps prevent cancers of the mammary gland and testicles and a life-threatening condition in female dogs called pyometra (infection of the uterus). Spaying and neutering also helps prevent unwanted litters of puppies.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
We recommend spaying and neutering small breed dogs (less than 50 lbs.) any time after 6 months of age. This is when their liver and kidneys are fully developed and able to handle the anesthesia for the surgery safely. It is also when they should have their adult teeth all come in and we can assess for problems with retained baby teeth. For large breed dogs (greater than 50 lbs.) we recommend waiting until 8-10 months of age. The reason for this is because it can help prevent arthritis later in life if we wait until the growth plates of their bones close. Of course, there are exceptions to these ages and a discussion with the veterinarian can decide what age is best for your pet.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
The cost to spay or neuter depends on weight and age of the dog. This is also a good time to consider a microchip or baseline blood test. Please call to book a pre-surgical consultation to discuss these costs.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital