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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spay and neuter services are two of the most common surgeries at West Hill Animal Clinic. We know putting your new puppy through a surgery that involves anesthetic can be frightening, but our highly skilled veterinary team is available to answer each of your questions and address all of your concerns. Talk to the veterinary team at West Hill Animal Clinic about the best spay and neuter plan for your pet! We look forward to hearing from you.

Why is it important to neuter/spay your dog?

Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates many risks for your young or new dog. Not only does it eliminate the possibility of unwanted pregnancies it also helps with health risks as well as behaviours related to hormonal development. Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the risk of uterine infection or prostate infection including cancers. Male dogs exhibit many territorial issues due to the hormones they produce including increased sexual behaviour. For male dogs, marking of the territory or territorial issues in general have proven to be related to other areas of aggression.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

Typically we recommended spaying or neutering your dog around 6 months of age. Spaying female dogs before their first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors (breast cancer) later in life.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

The cost to spay or neuter your dog varies on their age and size. Following your pre-surgical exam, your veterinarian will provide you with a more accurate estimate for spaying or neutering.

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Holiday Hazards

We would never want to think that the winter holidays would be anything but a happy time for our pets and certainly we would never think of the word “hazard” but unfortunately, it is a time that veterinary clinics see a lot of dogs and cats for a various number of reasons related to this special time of year. Choking, stomach upsets, intestinal obstructions, and poisonings are many of the reasons dogs and cats end up in emergency hospitals over the holidays.

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