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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or neutering your dog is one of the many responsibilities of being a pet owner and has shown to have numerous health benefits. Every year over 50,000 unwanted pets are euthanized in Ontario shelters due to overpopulation.

What does neutering/spay a dog do?

Spaying and neutering a dog involves the removal of the reproductive organs. This procedure prevents animals from being able to reproduce and also stops the production of certain hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.

Neuter (also called orchidectomy) is the term used for describing the surgery performed on male dogs so they are no longer able to reproduce. In this procedure, the testicles are removed through a small skin incision near the scrotum.

Spay (also called ovariohysterectomy) is a term used for describing the surgery performed on a female dog in removing the uterus and ovaries, so they are no longer able to reproduce.

Why is it important to neuter/spaying my dog?

Some potential health risks that intact (non-spayed) females encounter are mammary tumours, uterine and ovarian cancers, pyometra (infection in the uterus), unwanted pregnancies, possible cesarean section, as well as many unwanted bad behaviours associated with the hormonal changes animals go through while in heat.

Spaying your pet before her first heat significantly decreases or eliminates some of these risks. Research has shown that a female has a 75% chance of developing mammary cancer after their first heat, 25% chance after her second heat, and 100% of unspayed females will develop mammary cancer in their life. Also, the cost of a spay is significantly less than any of the procedures that would be required if she did develop any problems. A cesarean section surgery costs thousands of dollars, and pyometra can often be fatal.

Some potential health risks that intact (non-neutered) males encounter are testicular tumours, testicular torsion (the testicle twists around its blood vessels and dies), prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), paraphimosis (prolonged erections that can require amputation of the penis), unwanted litters, urine marking, inappropriate mounting, or aggression associated with the excessive testosterone that is being produced by the testes.

Neutering your male before he becomes sexually mature eliminates the need to roam by 90% and decreases aggressive behaviours by 60%, urine marking by 50% and inappropriate mounting behaviours by 70%.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

We usually start to spay and neuter dogs around 5-6 months. This surgery is recommended for your pet before they have their first heat, usually before 6 months of age.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

The cost of spaying or neutering may vary with each pet. Many things are involved in giving you a treatment plan, such as age, weight and overall health. We also require that your pet’s vaccines be up-to-date and at the time of the surgery. Feel free to give us a call to speak with our knowledgeable staff about this important procedure and any questions you might have on pre-anesthetic blood work, microchips, retained baby teeth, etc.

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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. Our inside door will be locked. You can come into the vestibule and we will let you in when you get here or you can call us at 705-674-9191 upon arrival for your appointment or pick up. We ask that only one person bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian.

2. We are continuing to accept regular appointments so please call ahead to book a time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 disease.

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 Baxter Animal Hospital