We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering your pet can help them live a long and healthy life. It can help prevent behavioural issues, unwanted puppies and decrease the risks of some cancers.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?


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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "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 613-394-4811. We will 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 to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital