We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures recommended to help prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation. There are also some health and behaviour benefits to the procedure.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying involves removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering involves removal of the testicles. Spay/neuter helps to decrease roaming and urine marking behaviours. Your dog’s metabolism will decrease by 25-40% within a few days of surgery, so please make sure to adjust their calorie intake if needed.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

In female dogs, spaying prevents heat cycles and unwanted puppies, reduces the risk of mammary (breast) cancer, and prevents the potential of a serious uterine infection (pyometra). In male dogs, neutering prevents testicular cancer, reduces the chances of prostatic infection and enlargement, prevents unwanted puppies, and may lessen certain unwanted behaviours. Both of these surgeries are commonly performed at our hospital.

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

For dogs, it is best to discuss with your veterinarian in regard to the timing of the procedure. The timing of spay and neuter is dependent on breed, size, and lifestyle, and is an individual decision we help make with you when your dog is young.

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

There are many different factors that determine the cost of neuter or spay, including weight/size and age. Please consult with us for an accurate estimate for your pet.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-544-7387. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital