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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Crossroads Animal Hospital