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Spay and Neutering for Pets

Did you know that pets who are “fixed” live longer and healthier lives? According to a study on more than 70,000 animals, male dogs that have been neutered live 13.8% longer than those who have not undergone the procedure, while female dogs who have been spayed live 26.3% longer than their non-spayed counterparts. This is just one of the many reasons why spaying and neutering is a must for all responsible pet owners. To learn more about these services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 403.239.4657.

Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?

One of the main reasons why spaying and neutering is so important is because it helps prevent unwanted breeding and overpopulation. This will help animal shelters and rescue groups who are already overwhelmed with helping abandoned and neglected furry friends in need.

What are the health benefits of spaying and neutering?

Aside from living longer lives, pets who have been fixed are also less likely to develop uterine, testicular and other forms of cancer, as well as other infections and diseases. Pets who have been spayed or neutered are also less likely to develop aggressive or disruptive behaviours when they reach adulthood such as spraying, roaming and biting.

When should my pet be spayed or neutered?

Although these procedures can be performed well into adult-age, ideally, pets should undergo them before they reach sexual maturity at around 5-months-of-age. During a consultation here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, our team will be able to assess if your furry friend is ready to undergo the procedure. Some patients, particularly cats, can be spayed or neutered as early as 8-weeks-old.

What are the risks of spaying or neutering?

Like with all surgical procedures, there is some risk involved with fixing your furry friend. That being said, these are routine treatments and adverse effects are truly rare. Pain, bleeding and infection at the incision site are some of the negative effects that may occur, although these hardly occur and are far in between.

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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic