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Why Spay?

People seem much more willing to get their dogs and cats spayed than to get them neutered. I suspect that much of this stems from two facts. The first one is that the owner of the bitch/queen obviously gets stuck with the unwanted puppies/kittens. The second one is the behaviour and mess associated with the heat cycle. Whatever the reasons may be, we seem to have very little difficulty convincing people to have their female dogs (and cats) spayed.

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Neuter Myths

“Neuter Myths” are those crazy ideas that people have related to the neutering of their beloved pets. First things first... “neutering” is the generic term that refers to removing the reproductive tissues from male and female animals.

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Why Neuter?

You want to do what to my dog!? That would be the male owner of the dog after we have recommended neutering. Generally followed by him crossing his legs. Not kidding, I’ve seen it happen many times. Women on the other hand seem a bit too accepting at times… at least in my (male) opinion. […]

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Xylitol – Deadly Chewing Gum!

Xylitol is a sugar substitute used in many products today. Particularly diabetic foods (especially baked goods), gums, candies, drinks and low-calorie chocolate products. In humans it will not cause insulin release and it seems to have some effect at reducing the incidence of dental caries. This is why it is used in these products, especially […]

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Cat and Mouse Menu

If you could buy six-packs of mice for your cats, you would be providing the most natural and arguably the healthiest diet possible. That’s a long, long way from endlessly topping up the food bowl with multicoloured, crunchy kibble. And somewhere between fantasy and reality there’s a practical, healthy way to feed cats. Feeding felines is a hotly debated topic right now in the world of veterinary medicine.

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Veterinarian giving a cat a vaccination

What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: December 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Nutrition Centre Only)
Sunday: Closed


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital