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 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.
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
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 us. 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having 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
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