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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Although considered routine surgeries, we take the safety of your pet very seriously. At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, all of our surgeries have a technician dedicated to monitoring the anesthetic through blood pressure measurements, EKG, Oxygenation, CO2 levels and apnea alert. We use intravenous fluids to protect blood pressure levels, synthetic sutures and post-op pain medication. Most of these surgeries are completely closed using three layers under the skin and no skin sutures to save you the inconvenience of returning for suture removal.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog and why is it important?

A spay or neuter is a surgery that prevents your pet from reproducing. This procedure can also help protect your pet from certain diseases, such as breast cancer, uterine infections, testicular cancer and prostate disease. It should also prevent them from running away to find a mate, which adds to the pet overpopulation problem, or worse, being hit by a car. We strongly recommend that pets under 20lbs be spayed or neutered, usually around 5 to 6 months of age. Is your pet older? Don’t worry; we can make recommendations to do the surgery at almost any time if required.

Surgical Options

We provide Intravenous fluids as part of all of our routine surgeries. It is included in the price and helps to maintain hydration and blood pressure during surgery.

  • Blood Work: A simple blood test can be taken on the morning of your pet’s surgery to ensure that the kidney, liver, blood sugars, red and white blood cell levels are all within normal limits.
  • Laser: At Westbridge Veterinary hospital, we offer Laser Surgery in place of the traditional scalpel method. It seals as the incision is made, thereby reducing bleeding, swelling and discomfort for your pet. It is our method of choice for many surgeries.
  • Microchip: A microchip is a tiny electronic chip that is inserted just under your pet’s skin. If your pet is lost, a scanner detects a number that is unique for your pet. The shelter or veterinarian can then call a central agency who calls you so that your pet may find his/her way home.

Watch the video below to see what you and your pet can expect from us here at Westbridge on their surgery day:

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Just give us a call at 905.285.0002 to set up your pet’s surgery. If he or she is entirely up to date on vaccines, we can book an appointment over the phone, and we will see you on admission to the hospital. (Please bring all available vaccine history if your pet has not been to our hospital before.)

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

For smaller breeds, we recommend 5-6 months of age. For larger breeds, we recommend spaying or neutering at one year of age.

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Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it! You may have already heard us talking about how any day that the temperature is above the freezing point, ticks are potentially active. This past year, we had days above 0°C in all 12 months! Ticks aren’t killed by the cold, they simply go dormant, waiting until it’s warm enough to come back out – so last year, even January and February had days warm enough for ticks to be active! This means that we are now recommending that all dogs (and cats that go outdoors) take advantage of year-round flea and tick protection. There are several options, our first choice being an all-in-one that protects against fleas, ticks, and heartworm, as well as providing regular deworming against roundworms. One pill, once a month – what could be simpler? If your pet is already on a monthly preventative, all you need to do is pick up a refill and continue throughout the winter months. If your pet hasn’t yet started on comprehensive parasite prevention, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and set you up with the best option for your pet. What does this mean for testing? The 4DX test that we recommend most commonly screens for heartworm disease, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes (so every dog in Ontario is potentially at risk – at Westbridge we treat a few cases every year!), and the others are all transmitted via tick bites. We have seen an increase in Lyme-positive dogs in the last few years, one of the reasons we are recommending some of these changes. For better early detection and the safety of your pet, we are recommending annual 4DX testing for all dogs. This simple blood test can be done at any time, although the optimal time is in the spring. Catching disease early is key to successful treatment – and no matter how careful you are with preventative medications, there is always some risk of infection. As always, our veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians are available to answer any questions you may have about the best options for your pet. Email us at info@westbridgevet.com, or call us at 905-285-0002

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- 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!

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital