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Spay and Neutering for Pets

Having your pet spayed or neutered is a must for all responsible pet parents. As you may know, these minimally invasive procedures help prevent overpopulation which lessens the burden on animal shelters not just here in our community but overall. Plus, the procedures have been proven to cause several health benefits for our furry family members (e.g. lowered risk for ovarian, testicular and other cancers, improved behaviour, and more).

Why is it so important to get my pet fixed?

These procedures are so important because they help to control overpopulation and unwanted breeding – which puts immense strain on animal rescue shelters. Plus, spaying and neutering actually have several health benefits. They have been shown to prevent certain medical issues, such as certain forms of cancer (e.g. ovarian and prostate) and improve the patient’s health and behaviour (e.g. decreased aggression).

What does neutering/spaying do to a pet?

Spaying or neutering is performed by a veterinarian under anesthetics. During this time the veterinarian will remove the patient’s reproductive organ. This prevents your pet from reproducing. Spaying is done on female pets while neutering is the version for male pets.

When should my pet be fixed?

Our veterinarians recommend that dogs are spayed or neutered around the age of 5 to 6 months. This way males don’t start exhibiting any learned behaviour issues and females don’t go through their first heat or reproductive cycle. If you are just welcoming a furry friend into your home, or if time has passed and you just have not been able to get the chance to have them fixed, do not worry! Spays and neuters can still be safely performed on fully grown pets.

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

Spaying and neutering costs depend on different factors including weight and age. This can be discussed during a required examination with your veterinarian, to make sure your pet is safe to go under anesthetic. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our hospital.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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 Animal Medical Centre