Dog Spaying and Neutering

Having your dog spayed or neutered is a decision that you need to make to avoid unwanted pregnancies, avoid health concerns and it can improve your dog’s life.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying is done on a female dog. We remove her reproductive organs. What this will do is stop her from going into heat. Neutering is done on a male dog. We remove his testicles. In both cases, it is a day surgery.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Spaying and neutering your dog will take away the hormones that dogs use to go into heat or chase the girls when they are in heat. Spaying and neutering your dog will avoid unwanted pregnancies, lessen the chance of your dog running after a dog in heat (which they can smell for long distances), perhaps be easier to train, less likely to mark in the house, be able to avoid uterine infections, cut back on chances of certain hormone-based cancers and generally you will remove a stress from their lives.

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

The age that a dog is spayed or neutered should be combined with the breed size of your dog when considering getting it done. For males, we suggest greater than six months of age and closer to a year if it is a large dog. Though would consider closer to the six-month age if there are behaviour concerns. For females, we would suggest smaller breed dogs after four months and then large dogs a bit later.

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

The cost of spaying or neutering your dog can vary. We base the cost on many things including age, size and sex of the dog. It is a much more involved surgery to do a large, older spay than a small young neuter. As such we like to assess each one individually. We often need to see your pet for a no charge pre-surgery exam to assess before giving you a quote. Also, there are additional things that may be suggested for your dog’s surgery, including pre-surgery blood work or IV fluids during the surgery. If you call, we can try to give a quote that fits your individual needs.


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Dear Clients,


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED