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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Neutering and spaying your dog is an important and responsible decision, as it prevents unplanned breedings and helps to control the pet overpopulation. There are also many health and behavioural benefits that are associated with neutering/spaying our pets such as decreased risk of certain cancers.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?

A neuter or spay prevents a dog from being able to reproduce. A neuter is for male dogs and involves removing both testicles. A spay procedure is for female dogs and involves removing the ovaries and uterus.

Why is it important to neuter/spaying my dog?

Neutering and spaying prevents overpopulation of pets and has many health benefits. Because the testicles, ovaries and uterus are removed, these animals cannot get cancer associated with these organs. If we spay a female prior to her first heat, we can decrease her risk of breast cancer to 0.5%. If she has two heat cycles, her risk increases to 26%! Females may also develop a potentially fatal bacterial infection of the uterus termed pyometra and this can be avoided through a spay. There are some behavioural benefits as well! Intact males are more likely to escape and run away if they smell a female in heat, as well as urine mark in the house. In some cases, aggression related issues may be reduced as well.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

We recommended performing a neuter or spay at 6 months of age.

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

Please contact us to discuss the costs associated with spaying or neutering 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 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