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.
Spaying or neutering your dog is a very common procedure to help reduce pet overpopulation, prevent certain diseases that can develop from them keeping their sex organs and can aid in controlling certain behaviour problems. As part of an overall health program, we will discuss with you the right time to spay/neuter your pet as well as the further benefits and risks that are involved.
Spaying or neutering removes the sex organs that are in large part responsible for hormone levels in your pet. This can help control numerous behaviour problems. Additionally, their metabolism will drop after the surgery, so it is important to reduce their feeding amount to avoid gaining weight.
Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?
Spaying or neutering your dog as an elective procedure has many benefits including prevention roaming, uterine infections, testicular torsions (twisting), and cancer. Not every dog will be a good parent so the idea of letting them all have a litter may result in orphaned puppies or strays that end up in the shelters. If the surgery is not done, we may end up having to do an emergency surgery to save your dog’s life.
How old should a dog be before neutering/spaying?
The age at which your dog should be spayed or neutered will vary with their breed and size. Generally, 6 months of age is the earliest we recommend spaying/neutering your dog. For larger breed dogs, we can discuss with you the pros/cons of postponing the surgery for a short while as they have different growth circumstances that can be affected by spaying/neutering.
How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?
The cost to spay or neuter your dog will vary with a number of factors. Age, weight and add-on benefits such as intravenous fluids and pre-anesthetic blood tests will alter the total cost of the procedure. Pain medication is not negotiable. During a visit with your dog or if you call us and we have seen your dog, we can provide a specific estimate and outline the individual cost of the components.
Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.
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 policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 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 613-542-7337. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We accept credit card and debit card.
6. 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.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic