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.

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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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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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!

- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital