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.

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Dog Spaying and Neutering

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.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

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.


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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.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Animal Medical Centre North