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 services are two of the most common surgeries at West Hill Animal Clinic. We know putting your new kitten 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.
Spaying and neutering is the surgical removal of your cat’s reproductive system. It is recommended to decrease or prevent the chances of different types of cancers and diseases such as mammary tumours, pyometra and testicular cancer that may occur later in life.
When to neuter or spay a cat?
Typically, it is recommended to have your cat spayed or neutered at around 6 months of age, especially for female cats before their first heat, to minimize the occurrence of different types of cancers later in life.
Will my cat stay overnight?
At West Hill Animal Clinic, we send your cat home the same night after being spayed or neutered. They are dropped off in the morning around 8-8: 30 am and a discharge appointment is scheduled between 5-7 pm on the same day.
Do they get pain medication?
All spays and neuters are sent home with pain medication that is included in the cost of the procedure. It is important that they get their pain medications at home, to decrease the amount of discomfort they may be feeling. A technician will go over all the instructions for the medications being sent home, as well as teach you how to administer it.
Will they have to wear an e-collar?
An e-collar or cone is provided for your cat following their procedure. It is recommended that they wear it to prevent licking and irritation, or opening of the surgical site. The e-collar should be worn until their recheck appointment 10-14 days following their procedure.
Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health. Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!