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.
There are many valid reasons to spay and neuter your dog. Spay and neutering procedures will reduce unwanted puppies. Controlling the pet population will prevent dogs from being unnecessarily euthanized because there are not enough people willing or able to adopt them.
Spaying or neutering is the removal of the body parts necessary for reproduction. For neutering, it is the testicles that are removed. For a spay, it is the uterus and the ovaries that are removed.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your dog. As mentioned above, helping to control the pet population is one of them. Every cycle or litter increases the likelihood of cancerous possibilities. Being in-tact long term has its own set of complications that can arise, including testicular cancer and pyometra. Spaying and neutering help to eliminate the urge to wander (looking for a mate) and can help with aggression and other unwanted behavioural concerns.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
For most dogs, we recommend spaying and neutering at 6 months of age. However, this is also not a one answer fits all dogs type of question. There may be reasons one of our veterinarians recommend spaying and neutering at a different age. Size of dog, behavioural issues, and waiting for adult teeth to erupt (in case we need to remove at the time of spay/neuter) We recommend discussing this with your veterinarian.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
We are happy to discuss the costs associated with spaying or neutering your dog. Please call our office to speak with one of our friendly pet care specialists. We can answer any questions you may have 403-527-2829.
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 changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403.527.2829. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, continuing with some surgeries, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, & closed on Sundays
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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please 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 social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Crossroads Animal Hospital