Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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

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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: June 26, 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 - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 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