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To Spay or Not to Spay?

Many pet owners find themselves questioning if they should spay or not spay their pet. Here it is a simple answer — spay.

Have you ever had to deal with an intact female dog that is in the heat? I have, and it was terrible. Peppa is my dog, and she was found as a stray. Shortly after catching her she went into heat. Poor Peppa was adjusting to living indoors, and her poor system was in hormonal overload. I spent a month cleaning up behind her and watching her every move. You see an in-heat female can be just as sneaky as the intact male dog that catches her scent. I did not want puppies. Peppa wore doggie shorts to help prevent her from leaving bloodstains where she would lay. She spent time on a rotation from her crate as I have two other dogs who wouldn’t leave her alone even though they had been fixed. She couldn’t stand the other dogs they drove her nuts and then right on schedule she was in LOVE with them. She was begging for their attention, looking for love, and this all went on for a full month. Needless to say, when her heat ended, and it was safe to do so, Miss Peppa got spayed.

By spaying her, I have completely removed another huge risk to an unspayed dog, and that is uterine infections. Pyometra is a life-threatening condition that needs immediate treatment. It is a secondary infection that occurs when the hormones change in an intact female dog. White blood cells get blocked from the uterus during estrus (heat cycle). After their heat cycle hormones remain elevated for some time and the uterine lining can thicken and begin to develop cysts in the lining. These cysts secrete fluids, and the hormones can prevent the uterine wall from contracting. Then fluid accumulates and whamo PYOMETRA. If treatment is not performed quickly, it could be a fatal outcome for your pet.

Mammary Cancer
It’s estimated that more than 25% of unspayed dogs will develop mammary tumours in their life. What’s worse is that about 50% of those tumours will be malignant. I, unfortunately, know-how that story can end for that unfortunate beloved pet. I have been through it with a past rescue. She was a new mom thrown out of a moving car with her two puppies. She was sweet, kind, and I loved her to pieces. She was also brewing a terrible disease. Only about two weeks into rescuing her she got very sick, was in extreme pain and became very weak all within a few days. We found a small mammary lump and sent it for biopsying. The results came in, and we couldn’t help her. A tiny little lump took her away from me just as fast as she came into my life she was gone.

The risk alone of these two complications should be enough to make you wonder if it is worth risking your pet’s health. Spaying protects your dog from pregnancy. Though puppies and kittens are cute and fun, they are also adding to an overpopulation problem we already struggle to help. Next time you pass by a shelter stop in, and you will see the effects. So why risk your pet’s health when you don’t need to? Do your pets a favour and talk to your vet about getting them altered and in the wise words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.”

If you have any questions, give us a call at 905.689.8005.

Written by: Amy Hanchiruk, ACA

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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 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

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

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

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