Spay and Neutering for Pets

Just like most humans, our pets get sexual urges. Unlike humans, they express those desires very energetically and usually give birth to multiple babies. This could lead to overpopulation in your community. Maybe the idea of 101 pets living with you is a genuine fantasy but to reduce future stress on you and your pet, getting your them spayed or neutered is the best course of action. To book an appointment with us for the procedure contact us at 403.982.8387.

What is spay/neutering?

Spaying and neutering are two different kinds of procedures performed on male and female animals to prevent them from reproducing. In general the term is called “fixing.” Females get spayed and have their ovaries and/or uterus removed. Neutering is for males and involves the removal of their testicles.

What other health benefits are there besides preventing pregnancy?

When we eliminate their reproductive organs, we reduce the chances of our pets developing aggressive personalities. Throughout their life they experience certain bodily changes that encourage them to reproduce or be protective. Without their ovaries, uterus or testicles those signals do not carry and they display calmer temperaments. Fixing your pet could lead to less fights and attacks with people in your home or neighbourhood, minimize their risk of getting certain diseases like testicular cancer, or experiencing reproductive health issues. However this is not an alternative to seeking behavioural training if your pet shows signs of being a threat to those around them.

When is the best time to get my pet spay/neutered?

It is recommended owners have their pets neutered or spayed before they turn 6-months-old. This varies according to your dog’s size so call us to be sure and let us know if your pet has a nervous or aggressive personality before bringing them in for a procedure.

Last updated: April 5, 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: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital