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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 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 tumours (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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Your Pet and Their Dental Health

We all realize the importance of our own dental routines to prevent the occurrence of dental disease within ourselves; dental care for our pets is equally important! Dental disease or periodontal disease is the most widespread disease associated with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. It can lead to irritated gums, painful dental infections, tooth loss and can cause bacteria to travel through the bloodstream and compromise vital organs. Fortunately, with a proper dental routine designed for our pets, periodontal disease, in most cases, is preventable. Steps to preventing periodontal disease can include regular brushing, rinses, wipes, chews, dental diets, dental prophies or scaling and regular checkups. Click on the link below and watch a short video to learn steps on how you can easily make dental brushing apart of your pet’s everyday routine! https://www.ccv.adobe.com/v1/player/Ru55HeZoDkC/embed

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