Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spay or neutering your pet not only limits overpopulation of puppies and kittens but also supports your pet’s reproductive health. This is a safe procedure that we recommend to help curb unexpected pet pregnancies as well as the amount of furry friends that end up in shelters each year.

Why should I get my pet spayed and neutered?

It’s proven that pets who are spayed and neutered live longer lives than those who aren’t. Apart of adding a few years to your pet’s life, the procedure also reduces the risk of diseases like urine, mammary gland, testicle, prostate and other reproductive cancers. Any behavioural changes that happen while your pet is in heat, like frequent roaming, whining or clinginess will also be curbed. In addition, the most widely known benefit is your pet will no longer be able to mother or father a litter of kittens or puppies. Pregnancy can be very taxing on your female pet’s body so this procedure helps to support not only their health but their wellbeing. The earlier you’re able to spay/neuter your pet, the better.

How do you make sure my pet is safe during surgery?

Before the procedure, our veterinary team will walk through it with you to ensure you’re aware of everything that will happen on the operating table. We know you might feel anxious about dropping your pet off for this procedure so we want to do everything we can to ensure you and your pet are comfortable. For male pets, we make an incision near their scrotum to remove their testicles. For female pets, we make an incision in their stomach to remove the ovaries and uterus. Since your pet will be under anesthetic, we will do pre-anesthetic blood tests as well as closely monitoring your pet’s vitals throughout the procedure to ensure their responding well throughout.

How should I take care of them after the procedure?

Our veterinary team will provide detailed instructions about your pet’s post-surgery care. Some of this might include ensuring your pet has a quiet place to recover indoors, preventing them from doing any physical activity like running or jumping, checking the incision site daily and making sure your pet doesn’t lick it. If you have questions about your pet’s post-surgery care, please contact us at 403.934.3311.

Last updated: September 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, 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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS 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 Strathmore Veterinary Clinic