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.
Neutering or spaying is the surgical removal of specific reproductive organs in your feline. Having your cat spayed or neutered is an important consideration for their long-term health, can positively change a cat’s behaviour and prevent reproduction, therefore helping to control overpopulation. At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, you can be sure your cat is in great hands with our experienced veterinary surgeons.
What are the benefits of spaying or neutering a cat?
Spaying or neutering your cat can help prevent certain health or behavioural issues from occurring. Spaying female cats before their first heat cycle can dramatically reduce their chances of breast or mammary cancers. Spaying will also eliminate the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancers and diseases. Neutering your male tomcat will prevent testicular cancers and diminish the likelihood of prostatic cancers. Also, with tomcats, neutering them can help towards preventing dominant or aggressive behaviour as well as decrease the likelihood of urine spraying around the house. Spaying or neutering your cat is also the best way of preventing the overpopulation of animals.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
Spaying or neutering your cat can be done as early as 4 to 6 months of age. If your cat has passed this age range and they have matured, spaying or neutering can always still be done to prevent your feline from reproducing, however, sometimes spaying or neutering a mature or obese cat can be a more complicated surgery. If you have questions about having your cat spayed or neutered, please contact the staff at Airdrie Animal Health Centre.
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.
1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.
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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre