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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering dogs is an important step in helping address the issues surrounding dog overpopulation as well as reducing or eliminating certain health conditions.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?


Neutering (castration or orchiectomy) is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a male dog’s testicles. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is a surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus from a female dog. Unlike some similar procedures in people, these procedures are irreversible in dogs.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?


Spaying and neutering eliminate the chance of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, which helps to control the pet population and reduces the burden on shelters. Also, it removes the risk of testicular, ovarian and uterine cancers, as well as dramatically decreases the risk of pyometra, a potentially fatal uterine infection. Spaying and neutering can also help with some behaviour issues such as aggression and roaming.

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


Ideally, dogs should be at least 6 months of age before spaying/neutering. In most cases, it is ideal for female dogs to be spayed before their first estrus cycle (heat) to reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer later in life.

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


For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital