Spay and Neutering for Pets

Among the many soft tissue surgeries we perform, spay and neutering is the most common. These surgeries are meant to protect your pet from having too many babies or developing debilitating medical conditions. Spaying females and neutering males also reduces their chances of developing cancers or infections. To learn more about the procedure and if it’s the right decision for you and your pet, call us at 403.984.4143.

Does my pet need to be spayed or neutered?

No, they don’t. However, spaying and neutering your pet is a simple way to lower their chance of developing cancers or infections in their reproductive system. It can also discourage male dogs from displaying aggressive sexual behaviour like humping, mounting and spraying.

When should my pet be spayed or neutered?

Cats should be altered when they are at least 5 months old. When a dog should be spayed or neutered depends on their size and breed. Large male dogs should be neutered at about 12 to 15 months while small male dogs, and female dogs in general, should be altered before they turn 5 months old.

Will my pet be in pain?

They will feel some pain after the surgery but we offer pain management with every surgical procedure for their comfort and to speed up their recovery process. This may involve a preoperative injection which lasts a minimum of 24 hours, so the patient is comfortable upon waking, as well as ensuring a restful night’s sleep at home.

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 precautions announced by our provincial government, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, 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
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Rocky Ridge Pet Hospital