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Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering your pet is one of the essential and must-do steps that you must take as a responsible pet owner. These procedures involve removing your pet’s reproductive organs in order to prevent unwanted overpopulation. If your pet needs to undergo a spaying or neutering, please contact our team to schedule a consultation where we can discuss the process in more detail.

What is the difference between spaying and neutering?

Both of these procedures involve the surgical removal of your pet’s reproductive organs, so that they lose the ability to bear any offspring. They are essentially the same type of treatment, providing the same results. The difference is that spaying is the female equivalent, while neutering is the term used for male patients.

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

We recommend that pets are spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity, which varies with each pet. Kittens, for example, can be spayed at approximately 5 months old and above, once all of their primary vaccinations have been administered. Dogs, on the other hand, are traditionally spayed when they are 6 to 9 months old, although they can undergo the procedures at a younger age, depending on the individual puppy.

Can my older cat/dog be spayed or neutered?

Yes. A common myth is that once they have reached adulthood, pets can no longer undergo these procedures. On the contrary, spays and neuters can be performed at any age. That being said, dogs and cats over the age of 7 years need to have certain tests done beforehand, to ensure that their livers and kidneys are able to handle anaesthesia.

Last updated: July 28, 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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital