Dog Spaying and Neutering

We recognize that having your dog spayed or neutered is a major surgery and a big day for both you and your puppy. As responsible pet parents, we know the importance of having the surgery done. Our team will help you every step of the way. South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital offers surgical laser surgery which greatly minimizes bleeding and reduces pain and swelling associated with surgery. During the procedure, a registered veterinary technician continually assesses your dog’s vital signs, and we use several monitoring devices during your dog’s anesthetic. After surgery, your puppy will receive therapeutic laser for pain relief, which will make recovery a lot more comfortable for him or her.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely to sterilize a female dog. Neutering involves the surgical removal of both testicles of a male dog.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

For both male and female dogs, the most obvious answer is to help reduce pet overpopulation. There are already so many dogs that need good fur-ever homes. There are also many health benefits and advantages to spaying or neutering your dog. Spaying has been shown to reduce mammary cancers, infections, and various undesirable behaviours. For male dogs, neutering can reduce undesirable behaviours, such as wandering and dominance aggression, and prevents diseases such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and perianal tumours.

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

At six months of age, we advise spaying or neutering for all dogs that are not intended for breeding. However, there is emerging evidence that supports delaying the surgery for large breed female dogs. Our veterinarians are happy to answer any questions you may have about this important procedure for your pet.

How much does it cost to neuter/spay a dog?

Many factors can affect the cost of your dog’s surgery. Please contact our office directly at 604-526-0334 or via email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com and we would be happy to provide you with more information.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. 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.

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.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital