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 and neutering your cats can have huge benefits and implications on overpopulation. Male cats that are intact are more likely to escape their homes to breed with a female cat in heat if she is nearby. Intact male cats are more likely to urinate outside of the litter box to mark their territory. As well, there are health benefits associated with the procedure, such as eliminating the risk of testicular, ovarian and uterine cancer. Female cats may also develop an infection in the uterus, which can be life-threatening and is completely preventable with a spay.
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that we perform to prevent a cat from being able to reproduce. A neuter is performed on male cats and involves removing both testicles. A spay procedure is for female cats and involves removing the ovaries and uterus.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommended neutering or spaying your cat at 6 months of age.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
Your cat will have a physical examination done prior to the procedure, to ensure they are healthy and there are no underlying medical conditions. We recommend a blood profile to assess the internal organs and complete blood count because the drugs we use are metabolized by the liver or kidneys and we want to ensure these are healthy. An intravenous catheter is placed in one of the limbs to allow us to give medications and to act quickly in case of an emergency. Intravenous fluids are given to cats undergoing a spay, males will have a local anesthetic placed to help with pain. Your cat is then hooked up to a gas inhalant system, to keep them asleep during the procedure. A technician closely monitors their vitals throughout and on recovery. Your pet will be sent home with additional pain medications.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!