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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Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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