Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that aid in the well-being of your pets. They protect your pets from unwanted pregnancies and illnesses such as cancer. At our hospital, our veterinarians use modern equipment and techniques to perform these surgeries. You can rest assured that your pet is in good hands when they are spayed and neutered with us.

What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgeries that prevent your pets from reproducing. Spaying removes the uterus and ovaries, while neutering removes the testicles.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

You should spay or neuter your pets when they are six months old. To prevent unwanted pregnancies it is best to perform the surgery before the first heat cycle. For more information, reach out to our team at 204.452.9010.

My pet is older, is it too late to have them spayed or neutered?

No, it is never too late. It is commonly believed that older pets cannot get spay or neuter surgery, but as long as your pet is a good candidate for surgery they can be spayed or neutered.

Why should I consider spay or neuter surgery for my pet?

The number one reason as to why pet owners choose to spay and neuter their pets is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. There are other benefits to performing this surgery.

  • It prevents prostate, ovarian cancer, breast cancer and uterine infections. Pets that aren’t spayed or neutered are at a risk of developing these illnesses when they get older.
  • Other procedures can be performed during surgery. For example, our veterinarians can perform microchipping, hernia repair and dental cleanings on the same day your pet is “fixed”.
  • It causes better behaviours and mannerisms in your pet. The heat cycle makes male pets more aggressive (e.g. spraying and urinating to mark territory). Females are more likely to stray and roam about in order to procreate when they are not spayed.

    What happens before spay and neuter surgery?

    Our veterinarians will perform lab work to make sure your pet will respond well to anesthesia. Blood testing also helps to identify any latent conditions that could affect the overall surgery and recovery for your pet.

  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: Closed

    4. 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 Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital