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At Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital, we believe that spaying or neutering your dog is a large part of responsible pet ownership. Not only does it help control the population of homeless dogs, but it can also have significant health benefits, and in some cases can lessen or even put an end to undesirable behaviours such as; roaming, marking their territory, leg cocking, humping, and aggression.
Spaying your female dog is an elective surgery where your veterinarian removes their reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) making conception impossible. Neutering your male dog is also an elective surgery in which the veterinarian removes his reproductive organs (testes, sections of his testicular blood vessels, and spermatic ducts). Both of these surgeries are routine and are performed at the clinic regularly.
Why is it important to neuter or spay my dog?
By having your female dog spayed at this time you are reducing her risk of some medical conditions such as mammary tumours and pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus. By neutering your male dog, you can help to prevent prostate issues, related tumours and other issues that may arise later in life.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
There is no absolute right age to spay or neuter your dog, but in general our veterinarians usually suggest spaying before your dog’s first estrus or “heat”, usually around six months of age. As for neutering your dog, the recommendation is usually a little bit later, somewhere around 8-12 months, which can be dependent on breed. Generally, it’s best to wait until they are fully grown, and their bones have fully developed before going ahead with the surgery, although in some cases neutering may be warranted as early as 6-7 months. The best way to determine the appropriate age for your pet to be spayed or neutered is to speak to your veterinarian. A good time for you to have this discussion with them might be at your final puppy visit around 16 weeks of age. Together, you and your veterinarian can make the right choice for your individual pet’s well-being.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
Pricing varies depending on your dog’s needs. When pricing out spays, and neuters always ensure they include I.V fluids, the option of bloodwork, and microchip. Also, ask if you can tour the facility or meet with a tech prior to the day of the procedure. Contact Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital at 902-434-0700 and we can provide you with a personalized quote for you and your dog.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020, some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing our clients entry into the building for appointments as of July 2nd, 2020 for those who wish to accompany their pet into the clinic.
Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. As of Monday, June 8, 2020, WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, 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. For those wishing to come into the clinic, once the veterinarian and the spacious exam room is ready, a staff member will then meet you outside to bring one client (required to wear a facial covering to enter the building) and the pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will discuss the patient's history with you in the exam room, any concerns you have, and will then take your pet to the treatment area to perform the physical portion of the exam with the assistance of a support staff member. This is to limit close human contact for both our clients and our staff's safety. Once the physical exam is done and any recommended treatments were given, the Veterinarian will return to the exam room with your pet and answer any remaining questions. After your appointment, a support staff member will meet you in the exam room to take care of any needed medications and payment before escorting you back out of the clinic.
Continue offering clients to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the exam and have the Veterinarian provide the consult over the phone for those who prefer this option. A staff member will escort your pet into and out of the building for the appointment and will take care of any payment over the phone or using our portable machine at your vehicle. They will bring any items going home to you at your vehicle.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. We do have a portable debit machine if necessary. We are still trying to limit the intake of cash at this time.
Continue with solely 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone, or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. Please note that due to the high demand for appointments we are now seeing in the clinic, telemedicine options are very limited.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are back to our previous regular business hours and are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Thursday: 7:15 am - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 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!
- Your dedicated team at Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital