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 your dog is an important consideration for the health of your pet. Having your pet spayed or neutered can have long-term health and behavioural benefits. It is also the most effective way of controlling overpopulation and preventing the unexpected commitment of a litter of puppies. Responsible owners understand that spaying and neutering is an essential part of pet care. Not only does the procedure eliminate the risk of producing unwanted animals, but your pet will behave better in the long run and less prone to roaming away from home. Spayed and neutered pets can also avoid certain diseases, including malignant breast tumors and testicular cancer.
Spaying or neutering your dog can help prevent certain health issues from developing. Spaying females before their first heat cycle can dramatically reduce their chances of breast or mammary cancers, eliminate uterine or ovarian cancers and diseases. Neutering your male dog will eliminate the chances of testicular cancers and diminish the likelihood of prostatic cancers, also help prevent dominant or aggressive behaviours. Spaying and neutering are the best way of preventing the overpopulation of animals.
How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?
The time of spaying or neutering your dog can vary on the breed size of your dog. We recommend spaying for small breed canines around 6 months of age, while larger breeds can be spayed later, around 7 to 8 months of age. Neutering of male dogs can be done as early as 8 weeks of age, but the majority of pet owners wait until at least 6 months of age. Females can be spayed at around the same age, although it is best to have it done prior to their first heat.
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