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.

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The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Your Cats and Dogs

There are a few reasons people choose to spay or neuter their pets. Their vet recommended it; they don’t want to have puppies or kittens, or solely for aesthetic purposes. But what is the importance of it?

Dogs and cats that are not spayed are likely to develop what is called a pyometra. It means a pus-filled uterus. The uterus fills with infectious pus that has the potential to leak through the uterine walls into the bloodstream, causing toxic effects in the body. If left untreated, death is inevitable. These pets can present with lethargy, inappetence, vomiting and/or vaginal discharge.

Another important reason to spay your dog or cat is to reduce the risk of mammary tumours. A puppy that is spayed before having a heat cycle is not expected to develop mammary tumours. However, the risk goes up with each heat cycle. After one heat cycle, the risk is about 7%, but after that, the risk rises to 25%. For cats, the younger you spay them, the more you reduce to the risk. For example, spaying at <6 months results in a 91% reduction in risk, spaying <1 year results in an 86% reduction in risk, and <2 years results in 11% reduction in risk. Once mature, cats have continuous heat cycles, unlike dogs who typically cycle once to twice a year. Cats will continue to go into heat until they become pregnant or are spayed.

We talked about females, but what about males? It is important to neuter dogs in order to reduce the risk of an enlarged or infected prostate. As the dog ages, the prostate can become uncomfortable and in some cases, become so enlarged that it can interfere with defecation. They can also be more prone to urinary tract infections. Neutering your dog can also help with aggression, although depending on the level of aggression, training is also recommended. In cats, neutering can help significantly with marking behaviours, urine odour, feline asthma, and gingivitis.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.477.4040.

Written by: Trisha Ferris, RVT

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902-477-4040. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 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 over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Spryfield Animal Hospital