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 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.
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.
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 519-893-1360. 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. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.
Our online store is available to have 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: 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