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Spay and Neutering for Pets

Having your pet spayed or neutered is a must for all responsible pet parents. As you may know, these minimally invasive procedures help prevent overpopulation which lessens the burden on animal shelters not just here in our community but overall. Plus, the procedures have been proven to cause several health benefits for our furry family members (e.g. lowered risk for ovarian, testicular and other cancers, improved behaviour, and more). If you have any questions about spaying or neutering your pet, please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian or call us at 902.863.3157.

What does neutering/spaying do to a pet?

By removing your pet’s reproductive organs, these surgical procedures prevent them from having their own offspring. Spaying is done on female pets while neutering is the version for male pets.

Is spaying or neutering safe for pets?

Yes. Spays and neuters are some of the most common procedures done by veterinary hospitals all over the world, and our team is no exception. Compared with other procedures, downtime and recovery for spays and neuters are also less time-consuming and strenuous on your pet. In fact, most pets can go home the same day, shortly after their procedure.

When should my pet be fixed?

At Antigonish Veterinary Clinic, we strongly suggest that your pet is spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Getting these procedures done before they reach adulthood – between 8 to 16 weeks of age – is truly ideal. But fear not, if your pet is fully grown and even if they are well into senior age, these procedures can still be safely performed on them.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 

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 Antigonish Veterinary Clinic