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.


Dog Neutering and Spaying

Neutering your male dog is a medically as well as socially responsible procedure with few complications, a short hospital stay, and a brief recovery period for your pet. A dog neuter involves the surgical removal of the testicles under monitored anesthetic. The recovery time is typically very brief and your dog will be back to their happy energetic self in no time.

Why is it important to neuter a male dog?

Neutering your dog reduces male type behaviours such as:

  • Inappropriate urination
  • Reduces inter-male aggression
  • Wondering and roaming
  • Unwanted sexual-type behaviour
  • Later in life it negates the possibility of testicular cancer or prostate enlargement
  • Population control

How old should a dog be before neutering?

Our veterinarians will determine the best time for your dog to undergo his neuter procedure. On average, most smaller breed dogs (or those under 50 pounds) are neutered at around the age of 6 to 8 months, while it is best for large or giant breed dogs to be neutered at 9 months of age or older.

Why should I spay my dog?

Spaying your dog will help with unwanted puppies, behavioural concerns and different types of cancers.

Why is spaying my dog important?

An intact female dog is at risk for developing mammary tumours and a serious infection of the uterus called pyometra. Unspayed female dogs also tend to have messy “heats” about twice per year. Intact female dogs may attract undesired attention from male dogs, which can lead to fighting. By spaying your dog, you also help reduce the number of unwanted litters of puppies.

When should I spay my dog?

Our veterinary team will help you on when it is best to spay your dog. We do recommend that your pet is spayed between the 6-8 months of age.


What lies beneath... the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain outside and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar so that we can attach our leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone.
d. We will then bring your pet out to you.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

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

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. 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 Clappison Animal Hospital