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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Having your dog neutered has health & behaviour benefits and helps control the pet population.

What does neutering/spaying a dog do?

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

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Prevents unwanted behaviour such as urine marking, aggression and mounting as well as eliminating the risk of prostate enlargement and testicular cancer.

How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?

By neutering a male dog, it prevents unwanted behaviour such as urine marking, aggression and mounting as well as eliminating the risk of prostate enlargement and testicular cancer. By spaying a female dog, it decreases the likelihood of mammary cancer and uterine infections.

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

Please contact our clinic for further information.

What should I expect when my dog goes home?

At discharge, you will be given a list of take-home instructions that include when to feed your dog and exercise and bathing restrictions. You will also be sent home with medication that will help with post-op discomfort.

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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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Last updated: July 6, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.

Our new policies:


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



· Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
· Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
· Sunday: Closed


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 again!

- Your dedicated team at Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital