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.
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.
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.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:
a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.
b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.
c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.
d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.
e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).
f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.
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 prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.
In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.
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.
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
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