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.

Spay and Neuter 101

Spaying and neutering are the surgeries that are responsible for removing the reproductive organs of female and male animals.

A spay procedure is for our female patients; most often cats and dogs. Spays are preferably done around 5 ½ -6 months of age. There are 2 procedures that are routinely done on females. An ovariohysterectomy is the complete removal of the uterus and ovaries while an ovariectomy removes the ovaries only. Both procedures are effective in the sterilization of female animals. While an ovariectomy is considered a less invasive and quicker procedure, the uterus is left in the body. Although rare, it could cause possible issues in the future. A spay procedure may take 30 minutes to an hour for a surgeon to perform. There are many benefits that come with spaying your pet including a decreased risk of mammary tumours and pyometra and elimination of ovarian or uterine cancer. It will also eliminate a heat cycle which can be the cause of some unwanted behaviours like spraying, aggression and attracting unwanted males. Did you know that male dogs can smell an intact female from miles away!

A neuter procedure is also known as castration and is for our male patients. During a neuter the surgeon will remove the reproductive organ of the male which are the testicles. Neutering is also done in dogs and cats preferably between 5 ½ – 6 months of age. A cat neuter may only take 5 minutes depending on age and size of the animal while a dog neuter may take 15-30 minutes. Neutering your dog or cat has many benefits such as the decreased risk of prostate cancer in dogs, elimination of testicular cancer, decreased unwanted behaviours such as spraying, roaming and aggression.

If you have any questions regarding spaying and neutering, please speak with one of our staff members.

Laura Scharf, RVT


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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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 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

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