Spay and Neuter Services
Before your appointment
To book in for your pets spay or neuter appointment use our online booking system, this is the easiest way to find our availability and book in for surgeries. You can sign up if you are a new client, or set yourself with the information that we have on file if you are an existing client.
Our surgery days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
When booking surgeries please select your admission appointment time carefully. This is your dedicated time with a tech on the morning of surgery to ask any questions and for us to take history. We ask that you are on time for this appointment, as our schedule is tight, so ensure you accommodate traffic and other factors.
You will be sent your pre-surgery instructions and your admission appointment time, two days before surgery via email and the day before by text.
Our pre-surgical instructions include:
No food after midnight the night before surgery, water can be left accessible.
Filling out our pre-surgery form
On the morning of your pets surgery, you will arrive at the clinic, park, and just give us a call. We will let you know when to come into the clinic. We accommodate pets that may be nervous in clinic environments, so we prefer only having one pet in the lobby at a time. During your admission appointment, our tech will go through the intake form that you will have filled in the night prior, and do her best to ease any pet parent concerns!
Once you have said goodbye and departed the clinic your pet will get settled into their cozy (we are talking about, fluffy blankets... heating pads, the whole deal) kennel. If your pet is nervous, we will premed them with a calming medication. We want your pet to have the best experience with us, so just like with some humans at the dentist, having medication prior to the procedure can calm any nerves.
The pre-operative exam is conducted next, we listen to the heart, take temperatures and whisper sweet nothings into each others ears... an important part of our pre op process is blood work. Conducting blood work helps Dr Barrett and our friendly crew of vet techs pick the appropriate drug combination to give your pet for sedation, anesthesia, and pain control. Knowing how your dog or cat’s organs are functioning allows Dr B to tailor your pet’s medications to their specific needs, which helps decrease possible side effects of any medications given in clinic.
Many pet parents don't realise the importance of of blood work, and thats okay! We are here to guide you in the process. If a human is going under sedation, or has a health concern usually blood work is one of the first things your doctor will conduct as part of your treatment plan. It can pick up on internal issues that cannot be seen or are still too subtle to pick up on a physical exam. The same goes for your faithful friend.
Once your pet's surgery has been completed back they will go to their cozy kennel for recovery. There we will monitor them and wait for them to wake up, once awake we will pop you a message to let you know how they did. At that time we will give you a discharge appointment time.
We set discharge appointments between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm on the day of the surgery, this is your time for a technician to go over the surgery and answer any questions you may have, you can request a specific time slot on your surgical authorization form. Please make sure you are available to pick up your pet between these times (unless previously discussed prior to surgery day). Any pets that are not picked up prior to the clinic closing, will be made comfy for the night, charged an overnight fee, and will be available for pick up at 9 am the next business day.
We will send you your pet's discharge instructions via email, and go over medications at your discharge appointment
All canines will be provided with an Elizabethan collar, for recovery. It is important that your pet wears this, to protect their incision. For kitty owners, if you think your little one will be a licker - let us know so we can add an Elizabethan collar to your bundle.
Most spay/neuter skin incisions are fully healed within about 10–14 days. Don't bathe your pet, let them exercise too much, or let them swim until their incision is healed.
Please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before surgery - water may be left accessible. Unless you have a rabbit, rabbits are allowed to eat up until surgery and we ask that you bring them tasty snacks for recovery!
Fill out your pre-surgery form the day prior to surgery, we will be unable to admit your pet without this filled out, making sure you have filled your form the day prior ensures our technicians have everything they need for your admission appointment.
Please call the clinic at 403-860-5763 when you arrive for your admission appointment we cater to animals that are stressed in clinic environments, to maintain positive interactions for every pet.
Please do not enter the building with your pet until you have checked in via phone call and have been given the all-clear.
Please make sure you leash your canine friends, when exiting the car and have your kitties in a crate, we are surrounded by luscious fields that have moose, foxes, and coyotes wandering in them!
Please ensure your pet has been walked to allow for peeing and pooping prior to arrival unless your pet is receiving blood work.
Things to consider:
Does your pet have a microchip? Microchipping is a simple, safe and permanent form of identification that helps reunite lost pets with their owners. This can be administered whilst your pet is admitted for their surgery. We would be delighted to discuss the benefits of microchipping and answer any questions you may have.
Does your adult pet have baby teeth remaining? It's important to remove any remaining deciduous teeth in adult dogs in order to prevent overcrowding and misalignment of the permanent teeth. This can be completed whilst your pet is here for surgery. We will take a peek inside their mouth prior to surgery and advise if this service is needed!
For our canine surgeries we provide an Elizabethan collar, to ensure your pet is not licking at the incision! Some pets may prefer a surgical suit - this is something we can provide for an additional cost. If you think your pet may prefer this let us know prior to surgery so we can have one ready to go.
Is your pet due for vaccines?
If your pet is eligible or soon due for its annual exam and vaccinations, our Veterinarian can complete this on the day of the surgery!