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.
Part of responsible pet ownership is the decision to have your dog spayed or neutered. There are numerous health and behavioural benefits associated with this routine procedure. Visit this page for information related to Kitten Spay & Neuter
When a puppy is spayed or neutered, their reproductive organs (the ovaries and uterus in females; the testes in males) are removed. This prevents accidental breeding from occurring and helps to prevent an overpopulation of dogs who end up in shelters and rescue groups awaiting their new home. Breeding should be reserved for experienced individuals who are committed to making sure hereditary health issues are not passed along to future generations.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Neutering or spaying your pet has many benefits. Intact animals are more likely to engage in aggressive behaviour, be hit by cars, or runaway during breeding times. Neutering also eliminates the risk of diseases of the reproductive organs like life-threatening infections and some cancers.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
The age when a dog is spayed or neutered is variable and is affected by many factors, such as breed, intention to use as breeding stock, and any underlying health concerns to name a few. The age/month at which your pet is neutered should be discussed with your veterinarian so that you can decide together what the right age is for your pet.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
The cost to spay or neuter services depends on whether they are male or female, how old the pet is, and how much your pet weighs as larger pets require more anesthetic medications. Please call the clinic at 905-664-4888 to get an estimate tailored to your pet.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 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. 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, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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 disease.
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 Briarwood Animal Hospital