Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering are safe surgeries that remove your pet’s reproductive organs and prevent pregnancy. Spaying is for females and neutering is for males. These are procedures to reduce your pet’s chances of having too many babies. Not to mention, if your pet is not spayed or neutered, there is an increased likelihood of infections or cancers of the reproductive organs. We perform these often and they’re designed to keep your pet’s life long and healthy. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the procedure you can contact us at 780.444.1324 .

What conditions can my pet develop if they’re not spayed or neutered?

Female cats and dogs have a high chance of acquiring cancers of the reproductive system. Spaying removes their ovaries and uterus, preventing the production of estrogen, which leads to most of the reproductive cancers. Meanwhile, males that are not neutered often exhibit extremely aggressive behaviors. This can be dangerous for other neighbourhood animals and people. They are also vulnerable to prostate and testicular diseases.

When should my pet be vaccinated?

If possible, females should be spayed before their first heat, which usually happens between six months and one year of age. Males should be neutered between six months and one year of age to retain their youthful calm. Although adult pets can be spayed/neutered, it’s better to have this done sooner than later. Male dogs and cats, especially, develop territorial behaviours that are hard to train away.

Does my pet have to spend the night after the surgery?

It depends on your pet’s specific case. The doctor may recommend your cat or dog to remain with us overnight so they can recover from the anesthesia under our care. Following the procedure, they may not feel their best but will fully heal within a week or two.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.