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 is the single most important method of reducing pet overproduction for our community. In turn, it greatly reduces the number of homeless pets in shelters. It also allows for many health and behavioural benefits for your pet.

What is spaying or neutering?


Spaying is a surgical procedure during which the uterus and ovaries are removed from the female cat. Neutering is a surgical procedure during which the testicles of a male cat are removed.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?


The average spay or neuter operation occurs at 6 months of age.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?


A spay/neuter is a day surgery where your pet will be admitted to the hospital. Many conditions, including disorders of the kidneys and liver, cannot be detected without laboratory blood screening. For these reasons, your pet’s veterinarian will recommend having a pre-anesthetic bloodwork panel done to tailor your pet’s anesthetic and pain control for the surgery.

Once the bloodwork panel is completed, your pet will receive a pre-anesthetic examination. They will be given pre-anesthetic sedation by injection into the muscle. Once sleepy, an intravenous catheter will be placed to allow the delivery of fluids during and after the procedure. The intravenous catheter also allows the delivery of the anesthetic agent. This agent helps our team place an endotracheal tube inside, which will allow for the delivery of gas anesthetic for the surgical procedure. The surgical area is then prepared by shaving and aseptically cleaning the skin.

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Last updated: October 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 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 again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital