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.


Dog Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering your dog offers many benefits, one of which is helping your dog live a longer and healthier life. It is also the most critical component of pet population control. Unfortunately, our shelters are overwhelmed with a large number of dogs (and cats) that do not have homes. Spaying and neutering can ensure that we do not add to the issue of excess puppies that cannot find loving homes.

Why is it important to neuter your dog?

Neutering will help to prevent unwanted male behaviours such as:

  • Urine marking
  • Roaming
  • Inter-dog aggression and fighting
  • Pet population control
  • It eliminates the risk of testicular tumours and greatly reduces the risk of prostate infection and disease.

What is the best age to neuter a dog?

We recommend that pets be at least around six months of age before neutering. This ensures that they are big enough and old enough to handle anesthesia well. This is also a great time to ensure that all their adult teeth have erupted as they should and that no baby teeth remain (we refer to this as ‘retained’ baby teeth). Large and Giant breed dogs are generally neutered at a later age because their growth rate is much slower than the smaller breeds. We will advise you during your dog’s early visits with us what time frame should work well for him.

Why should I spay my dog?

The decision to spay your dog is an important one. This can be one of the most important decisions you make that will affect her long-term health and welfare. There are many reasons to spay your dog (properly termed Ovariohysterectomy and both the uterus and ovaries are removed during surgery).

There are many benefits to spaying your dog:

  • Spaying makes reproduction impossible therefore it helps to curb pet overpopulation.
  • Dogs that are spayed by six months of age are less likely to develop hormonally triggered behavioural issues.
  • It prevents roaming behaviour, therefore, limiting the risk of injury or disease.
  • Prevents the ‘messes’ of the heat cycle.
  • Prevents male dogs from using your yard as a campground.
  • Improves her health by limiting the risk of:
    1. Pyometra (a possible fatal uterine infection).
    2. Mammary tumours and mammary cancers (if the spay is performed before the first heat cycle) the risk is subsequently reduced).
    3. Uterine cancer.
    4. Avoids the risks involved with pregnancy including, infection, abortion, nutritional imbalances and surgical intervention (C-section).

How old should my dog be before spaying?

We recommend that pets be at least around six months of age before spaying. This ensures that they are big enough and old enough to handle anesthesia well. This is also a great time to ensure that all their adult teeth have erupted as they should and that no baby teeth remain (we refer to this as ‘retained’ baby teeth). It is widely agreed upon that before the first heat cycle is the optimum time to spay.

How much does it cost to spay or neuter my dog?

Please call the clinic to receive a treatment plan for these surgeries. All surgeries are done using aseptic and up-to-date techniques. We only book a maximum of 3-4 surgeries per day, to ensure that your pet has individual time and effort dedicated to them. All of our operations have a registered veterinary technician monitoring anesthesia and a minimum of blood pressure readings, IV fluid therapy, pain medication, and thorough monitoring after surgery – which is all included in the cost of the procedure.

Blood work before surgery is critical to determine that the pet’s liver and kidneys can handle anesthesia well and that there are no changes in the electrolytes, blood sugar or protein levels, and to ensure all of the blood cell lines are normal. This is a requirement for any pet over five years of age but is still recommended for any pet less than five years old as well.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-453-2940. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call you to discuss the details. We will then return your pet to your vehicle and payment can be processed over the phone (using a credit card).

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 Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 from your vehicle. We do have our online available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button. There is free delivery for orders over $100.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit and debit card payments are still available.

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 jobs. We have taken these 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 Fairmont Animal Hospital