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Contact Willowdale Animal Hospital

Open 24 Hours, Year Round

256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

And Remember… Please Get Your Pets Spayed and Neutered

When I used to watch The Price is Right as a kid I loved it; the games, the prizes, the sad trombone when someone lost out on the Showcase Showdown.  Then came the credits with Bob Barker looking into the camera, pointing directly at me, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Back then he was talking about pet overpopulation in California and Drew Carey talks about it now.  Sadly, pet overpopulation is not relegated to the sunshine state. Here in Toronto we are in the midst of a pet overpopulation crisis.  Overpopulation is a simple equation. There are too many pets having too much offspring and not enough homes to take care of them all.

Local cat rescue organizations estimate the number of stray cats in Toronto to be close to half a million.  The cost of a litter can be crippling and with a lack of space in shelters hundreds of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the GTA. The very simple answer to our problem is to have your pets spayed or neutered.

Any one of our Animal Hospitals, whether it be Bloor Animal Hospital, Beaches Animal Hospital, Downtown Animal Hospital or Willowdale Animal Hospital, will be more than happy to provide you with the service. The procedure should be done around six months of age. If knowing that you are helping with the crisis isn’t enough to get you in the door you should know this, the operations also help with preventing future infections in both cats and dogs and reduces their risk of mammary cancer. In dogs it lowers their chance of contracting testicular and prostate cancer, makes them less aggressive and hyperactive.

Congratulations! You successfully had you pet spayed or neutered and now it’s time for the aftercare.  Once home from the animal hospital you should check the incision site there will one near the abdomen of female animals and one by the scrotum of male dogs and one on either side of the scrotum for male cats. Check the incision daily to make sure there is no redness or drainage. It is important to keep your pet from chewing or licking the area as this could cause infection. The special cone that your vet will provide should help but it’ll be up to you to ensure that the cone stays on.  Limit their activity for the next 7-10 days or until their stitches are removed by your vet and keep their diet regular with no “people food” during this time as well.

Spaying or Neutering your pet is not just the responsible choice, it’s the first step to keeping your pet happy, healthy and by your side for a very long time.

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