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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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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital