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Spay and Neutering for Pets

As a responsible guardian of your pet, having them spayed or neutered is an essential part of your To-Do List. These procedures remove your pet’s reproductive organs so that they are no longer able to have their own offspring. Spaying is what it’s called when performed on female patients and neutering is the male equivalent. Spaying and neutering prevent overpopulation, unwanted breeding and can actually result in several health benefits for your furry family member. As always, you are welcome to contact us with any of your questions or concerns about these procedures, which we would be happy to address.

When should I spay or neuter my cat/dog?

Traditionally, these procedures are performed when pets are 6-months-old, however, they can be performed earlier or later depending on the animal’s breed, size and the environment that they live in.

What is the procedure to spay or neuter a pet?

The surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and pets feel no pain throughout the entire process. It involves making incisions to remove the reproductive organs and stitches to close the incision. Pain management medications are prescribed for the recovery period.

Does spaying or neutering have any health benefits?

Absolutely! It has been scientifically proven that cats and dogs who undergo these surgeries are more likely to live longer lives. The procedures make them less prone to certain diseases such as cancer. Spaying and neutering can also positively impact your pet’s behaviour and cognitive state. The procedures have been known to lessen and prevent howling, roaming, mounting, excessive barking, urine-marking and the urge to spray.

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 - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    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 Dundas Veterinary Services