Spaying and Neutering for Pets

One too many pets get euthanized each year because of overpopulation. Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent your pet from mothering or fathering an unwanted litter. The procedure also has additional health benefits that prolong your pet’s life. If you’re interested in booking an appointment, please contact us at 403-217-0460.

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When should my pet have the procedure?

Our team will be able to advise you on the best time for your pet to have the procedure. If possible, we recommend the procedure be done while your pet is still a puppy or kitten. If your puppy is healthy, we can schedule it as early as when they are 6-weeks-old, though we typically perform it when they’re 6 to 9-months-old. For kittens, they can have the surgery performed when they’re 6-months old. If you have an adult pet, they can still have the surgery if they are in good health. We try to minimize any potential risk by assessing your pet’s overall health to determine if spaying or neutering is the right fit for them. 

Can the procedure fix my pet’s behavioural issues?

The procedure will reduce your male pet’s testosterone levels, limiting some of the problematic behaviours connected to higher levels. Depending on your pet’s temperament, there is a chance the surgery could alter behaviour typically associated with your pet.  However, neutering is not a quick fix for your pet’s behaviour issues. If you have concerns about your pet’s behaviour, we offer behavioural counselling to support you in addressing any problems you’re having. 

How should I take care of my pet after surgery?

Since spaying and neutering are major surgeries, post-operative care is essential to ensuring your pet makes a full and speedy recovery. Here are a few things you can do to help your pet during the healing process: 

  • Limit physical activity for at least two weeks after surgery 
  • Ensure they have a quiet place to recover 
  • Ensure they don’t lick their incision wounds 
  • Give them an Elizabethan collar to limit biting or licking wounds
  • Avoid baths for at least 10 days after surgery 
  • Check the incisions at least once a day

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