Spay and Neutering for Pets

Having your pet spayed or neutered can be very beneficial. Both procedures prevent unplanned pregnancies and can even protect you furry friend from illnesses such as cancer. To carry out both surgeries our veterinarians use modern equipment to ensure the well-being of your pet while they undergo the operation.

What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying is the surgical procedure of removing a female’s reproductive organs. Spaying removes your pet’s ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the version of the procedure that removes the testicles of male pets.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

There is no special time to have your pet spayed or neutered, as the procedure can be performed anytime. The general recommendation to spay or neuter dogs is before six-and-a-half-months-old and before six-months-old in cats. At six-months-old your pets begin to reach sexual maturity and begin the heat cycle. It is best to consult with your veterinarian as the age may vary depending on your particular pet. Call us at 905.727.3003.

What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?

The benefits of spay and neuter surgery are not just limited to preventing unplanned litters. A pet that isn’t spayed or neutered may contribute to overpopulation which could result in more strays. Other benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered include:

  • Better behaviours in your pet. When pets are spayed or neutered they do not act out as there is no heat cycle. This means your pet is less likely to stray or roam about looking for other animals to procreate with. Neutered pets often show a decrease in aggressive behaviours, they are less likely to fight with other males and they do not spray or urinate to mark territory.
  • Prevents ovarian, breast and prostate cancer or uterine infections. The chances of your pet developing any of these illnesses is nonexistent when they are spayed and neutered. Some males that haven’t been neutered may develop testicular tumours.
  • Other procedures can be performed during spay or neuter surgery. When your pet comes in for their procedure our team can perform microchipping and teeth cleanings simultaneously. This saves you from an extra visit to the vet.

    How can I prepare my pet for spay or neuter surgery?

    As their guardian you should ensure your pet is up-to-date with all their vaccinations before surgery. With all surgeries our team will perform blood tests and health exams to ensure your pet is a good candidate for surgery. This can also identify any unknown conditions in your pet that may determine if surgery is right for them.

    Can older pets have spay or neuter surgery?

    Yes! Older pets can still receive spay or neuter surgery. Even pets older than 7-years-old can be spayed or neutered as long as they are healthy enough for surgery and can fully recover.

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    Dear Clients,

    Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed
    Note: We are closed the Saturdays of long weekends.


    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!

    - The team at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic