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.
A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs, so she cannot become pregnant. A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying and neutering can help your dog live a longer, healthier life. Spaying and neutering can reduce or can eliminate a number of health problems that are difficult or expensive to treat. Spaying greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer, especially if your dog is spayed before her first heat cycle, and also eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer. Neutering will decrease the possibility of prostate disease and eliminates testicular cancer.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
Many decisions about time to neuter a dog depends on factors like breed, size, sex, and temperament. In general, female dogs are spayed at 6-7 months and males are done between 7-8 months. Contact us to get more specific times for your own pet.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
For spaying or neutering, your dog will be admitted to hospital and a thorough physical exam will be performed. From here, an anesthetic protocol will be established for your dog. For females, their ovaries and uterus are surgically excised and for males, their testicles are surgically excised. They are given pain medication following the procedure. All of our surgery patients receive an exam 10-14 days post-surgery.
Our service price includes intravenous fluids, pre and post-operative pain medication and nail trim. All prices vary based on the size and maturity of your dog.
Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.
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.
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.
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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
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