Spay and Neutering for Pets

Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and testicular cancer are all the different types of diseases your pet can contract if they are not spayed or neutered. Spaying females and neutering males means reducing their chances of medical conditions that can develop in their reproductive organs. It also has a drastic improvement on your pet’s behaviour in the long run. To learn more about the benefits of spaying and neutering, book an appointment with us by calling 250.591.4050

What happens when my pet is spayed/neutered?

This is a common surgery that requires a small incision to remove a female’s uterus and ovaries and a male’s testicles. We administer anesthesia so the experience is not painful and allow them to rest at our facilities. It helps to bring an adored item (e.g. favourite toy or blanket) to keep them company post-operation.

What happens after the surgery?

When they wake up and go home, they may experience drowsiness, swelling, and a loss of appetite. This will all fade. Your pet will receive pain medication and must not scratch or lick the afflicted area. You should also discourage them from going up or downstairs so the incision is not irritated.

How will spaying/neutering my pet affect their mood?

They may be slightly more aggressive than usual right after the procedure. This is normal and will not last long. If pets are not spayed/neutered, they exhibit hostile behaviour associated with reproduction and their desire to protect. When pets are in heat, that means they are ready to reproduce. That urge will lead them to act differently by howling, trying to hump things or randomly attacking other animals.

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.


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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to 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!

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital