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.
Having your dog spayed or neutered is an essential step in responsible pet care. Not only does it help reduce overpopulation (an epidemic in our area), but it also improves health, eliminates certain risks and prevents unwanted behaviours. We offer both laser and traditional spaying and neutering.
Having your dog altered involves removing the sexual organs necessary for reproduction. Spaying and neutering your dog removes desire and distractions driven by hormonal urges.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying eliminates the risk of uterine infections, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and substantially reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Neutering also helps prevent behaviours such as marking, roaming, territorialism and hormonal aggression.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
We recommend that animals be spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity. For females, this means before their first heat cycle. The recommended age to be neutered/spayed is between five and six months old. For some large breed dogs, there are some questions as to whether or not we should wait until they are older. Please consult with one of our veterinarians to see what time is best for your dog.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Animal Medical Centre North