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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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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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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 again!

- Your dedicated team at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital