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Surgical sterilization has many benefits. Spaying and neutering your pets in their first 12 months will prevent unwanted litters, undesirable behaviour (wandering, marking, aggression) and also have many health benefits such a decreased risk of testicular or mammary tumours.
Spaying and neutering is a surgical procedure, where the reproductive organs are safely removed. Therefore, eliminating the ability for them to breed with other dogs. Pets are anesthetized, intubated and maintained on intravenous fluids. All patients are closely monitored by a veterinarian and registered veterinary technician for the entire procedure. We use equipment to ensure temperature, heart rate, breathing and blood pressure remain stable. Pets are given fast-acting pain control to ensure their utmost comfort.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Surgical sterilization is a very important aspect of preventative medicine and responsible pet ownership. Female dogs are at a high risk of developing mammary tumours and fatal uterine infections if they are left intact. Male dogs are at a high-risk of developing testicular cancers and endorsable behaviours if left intact. By neutering or spaying, you are preventing unwanted litters and therefore, keeping pets out of shelters. Surgical sterilization decreases hormones that can make training difficult. Undesirable behaviours such as, marking, mounting, wandering and aggression is decreased once the pet has been spayed or neutered.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
Generally, we recommended spaying or neutering canines at the age of 6 months. The 6-month time frame allows the sterilization to occur before the first heat cycle in females and before males will begin mounting. Surgery and recovery are faster and less painful because the reproductive organs are much smaller. From a medical standpoint, Morinville Veterinary Clinic recommends that all male dogs that will grow to more than 27 kg (60 pounds) when they are adults should have their surgery at one year of age. As pet owners ourselves, we understand that this is a personal decision as well, which needs to be made based on the information provided and the dynamics of your home. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
The cost of spaying or neutering varies on many factors. Give us a call today and we can create a treatment plan best suited to your pet.
Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.
It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.
Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.
Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:
Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
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".
If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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.
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.
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic