We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Having your female dog spayed or your male dog neutered can help prevent unwanted litters and unforeseen expenses. This can also help prevent/lessen some health risks & help with behavioural issues such as roaming or aggression in males.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

When your dog comes in to be spayed or neutered, the reproductive organs are removed so they cannot reproduce and can prevent common diseases such as cancer.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Spaying a young female dog can prevent mammary cancer later in life. It is never too late to spay a dog. Pyometra (uterus filled with infection) is a life-threatening emergency and can occur in older unspayed female dogs, even if they no longer show heat cycles. It is important to have this procedure done to prevent unwanted breedings. Lifestyle factors can play a role in when it is best to have your dog spayed or neutered. If there are any concerns, please book an appointment to discuss with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for you and your pet.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

The size of your dog does matter when it comes to being spayed or neutered. If you have a large breed dog such as a Labrador or Rottweiler it is recommended by veterinarians to wait until the animal is fully grown (this can occur between 1 – 1.5 years). Smaller breeds can be spayed or neutered earlier (between 8 and 12 months). If your female dog enters a heat cycle, it is best that this be completely finished before booking surgery for spaying.

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

Please call and speak to one of our receptionists who would be happy to give you a quote for spaying or neutering your dog.


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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 Monday, March 30, 2020:

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 250-743-3223. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 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.

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 roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital