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Dog Spaying and Neutering

In addition to controlling populations of stray animals, spaying/neutering your pet is a responsible choice that also has many health and behaviour-related benefits.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying and neutering is the term used to describe the process of removing the reproductive organs, testicles in males and ovaries and uterus in females.

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy)
Spaying a female dog involves the removal of almost the entire reproductive tract including the ovaries and the uterus [“ovario-“ (ovaries), “-hyster-“ (uterus), “-ectomy” (removal)]. A dog spay is a major abdominal surgery, hopefully, the most major your dog will ever need. Although a major surgery, it is one of the surgeries veterinarians perform most often.

Neutering
Neutering involves complete removal of the male testicles. This surgical procedure has few risks and a shorter period of recovery compared to a spay.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Neutering/spaying your dog has a number of important health benefits including:

  • Eliminating the high risk of uterine infection (pyometra) – a common, severe, and often fatal condition in older intact female dogs
  • Significantly decreasing the incidence of breast and testicular cancer.
  • Reduction in unwanted behaviours (marking, aggression, dominance, roaming, bolting).
  • Decreasing unwanted pregnancy and increasing the number of pets needing a home.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

Our veterinarians can help you determine the best time to neuter or spay your pet, depending on the breed, the temperament, body development and the type of pet you have (working dog vs companion). The usual recommendation is to spay females around 6 months of age.

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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 Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.

4. 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.

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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital