We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Spaying and Neutering

Neutering, spaying or castrating your dog is essential to control unwanted pregnancies and to help reduce the overpopulation of strays in desperate need of a good home. Not only is this a responsible thing to do as a pet owner, but it may also help reduce the risks of some cancers and unwanted behaviours as well as other potential health concerns.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Castrating a dog has many benefits both medically and behaviorally. Medical benefits can include reduced incidents of prostatic diseases and testicular cancers. Behaviourally, castrating your dog can help with unwanted marking, roaming, aggression and help with population control.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Spaying a dog has many benefits both medically and behaviorally. Medical benefits include the prevention of unwanted pregnancies/pseudo-pregnancies, reduced incidences of mammary cancer (if spayed at 6 months of age) and a decreased risk of a serious life-threatening uterine infection in older females. Behaviourally, spaying your dog can reduce aggression between dogs and help with population control.

How old should a dog be before they are neutered/spayed?

For most breeds of dogs, we recommending neutering or spaying your dog at 6 months of age.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Please give us a call at 204.444.3615, and one of our team members will be happy to provide you with further information.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204-444-3615. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital