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.

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Dog Spaying and Neutering

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.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

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:

  1. The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
  5. 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.
  6. Marking territory or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
  7. 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.

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How to help injured and orphaned wild animals

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. 

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

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 to Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital