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.

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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering are important for the well-being of your cat. There are many health benefits of these procedures but one of the most important is to not contribute to the cat overpopulation problem.

What is spaying or neutering?


The term “spaying” refers to the surgical excision of the ovaries and uterus from a female cat (an ovariohysterectomy). The term “neutering” refers to surgical excision of the testicles from a male cate (castration)

When should I neuter/spay my cat?


We recommend spay and neutering at six months of age.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?


Both procedures, though different, require a general anesthetic. They are day procedures where you drop your cat off in the morning to one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians for admittance. Our RVT’s will then discuss pre-anesthetic blood work, microchip implantation and the surgical procedure. Once all questions have been answered we will admit your cat into our dedicated cat ward. Once we have the pre-anesthetic bloodwork results a physical exam is completed, and they are sedated. We will then induce general anesthetic and for males, remove the testicles. For females, once the IV catheter is placed, and general anesthesia induced we shave and surgically prep the abdomen. The Veterinarian will then open the abdomen to remove both ovaries and the uterus, ligate all vessels and close the abdominal incision. Sometimes there will be skin sutures, and sometimes there will not be. We recheck all surgical patients 10 – 14 days after surgery. Both males and females recover in an area where we can watch them and monitor the patient after surgery. We use external heating devices to help keep patients warm and comfortable after surgery. Patients are given pain medication in the hospital. We also dispense some take-home pain medications for owners to administer.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event.  It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof.  Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip. As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017: A pet is lost every seven seconds One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number.  It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin.  The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets.  Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag. The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it.  A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip.  With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away. When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info.  It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date.  If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information.  Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide. If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended.   Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator Edited by Janis Wall, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

UPDATED June 1, 2020

Our clinic hours are changing! Until further notice our hours are:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

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 902.826.1933. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital