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.
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.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital