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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Cat Neutering and Spaying

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.

What is spaying or neutering?

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.

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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 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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.

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

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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.

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 McLean Animal Hospital