Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spaying or neutering your pet can be beneficial for their overall well-being. The procedure helps limit your pet’s ability to reproduce as well as lessen the risk of life-altering diseases. The decision to spay/neuter your pet is one our team is happy to support you with. To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed/neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call 604-824-5848.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Female pets are unable to become pregnant after being spayed, restricting their ability to reproduce. Pregnancy can be physically demanding for female pets, especially when research shows most cat pregnancies are unintended. Taking care of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens can be time-consuming and expensive for pet owners. After being neutered, male pets will no longer be able to impregnate their female counterparts.

Besides preventing pets from reproducing, are there other benefits?

Pets who are spayed/neutered tend to live longer lives. Behaviour changes, like humping and aggression in dogs or pacing/crying in cats, will end since your pet will longer have a heat cycle. The procedure can potentially protect your pet from life-threatening diseases like bacterial infections, reproductive-related diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and various types of cancer. It can also reduce pet overpopulation and limit the amount of unwanted pets that end up in shelters.

How does the spaying or neutering procedure work?

During surgery, your pet’s ovaries/uterus or testicles will be removed. Your pet will need to be under general anesthesia for the procedure to help ease pain and discomfort. Some pet owners might have some anxieties around their furry friends having anesthesia. Before the procedure, we run tests to ensure there will be no complications with anesthesia. Our team of veterinarians closely monitors your pet during surgery to ensure their safety. If you would like to schedule this procedure for your pet or have any questions/concerns, our veterinarians would be happy to assist you at 604-824-5848.



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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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 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 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic