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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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Last updated: July 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- 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 Manitou Animal Hospital Team