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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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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

3. 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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital