We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove reproductive organs. Spaying or neutering your puppy or dog prevents him or her from having unwanted offspring. It also decreases the number of puppies/dogs that end up in shelters or are summoned to a life on the streets. It also has very important health and behaviour benefits for your dog. Our hospital offers laser surgery as an option to reduce pain and bleeding. All of our patients receive perioperative pain management and additional take home medication can be dispensed as required.
Your faithful companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:
The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
The animal’s need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
Marking territory or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
These procedures are generally recommended for puppies before they reach sexual maturity at about 5-6 months old. This gives your puppy time to grow and mature enough to safely undergo general anesthesia. After 6 months of age, spaying and neutering can be done at any age. Smaller breed dogs are more likely to have retained baby teeth that may need to be extracted. This can be done during the same anesthetic as the spay or neuter. Some research indicates that some larger breed dogs may benefit by waiting until rapid bone growth has ceased. You can discuss the best timing of the surgery for your pet with our veterinarians.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
Please call our hospital at 204-269-8162 to speak to one of our team members and discuss pricing.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday CLOSED
The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.
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. 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. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Centennial Animal Hospital