We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Dog Spaying & Neutering

Dog Spaying and Neutering

Here at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital all our spays and neuters include a physical exam, sedation, so your dog is comfortable before the surgery, IV fluids to keep your dog hydrated and control blood pressure while under general anesthetic, nail trim and pain meds to go home. Spaying and neutering your dog helps reduce the pet overpopulation and reducing wandering by male dogs. Spaying and neutering also mitigate the risks of some cancers of the reproductive organs.

What does neutering/spaying do to a dog?

Neutering removes the testicles from your male dog. Spaying removes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries from a female dog.

Why is it important to neuter/spay my dog?

Spaying and neutering your dog helps reduces pet overpopulation and reduces the risk of cancers of the reproductive organs.

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

Approximately eight months to one year for most dogs, for giant breeds we suggest 18 to 24 months.

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

Costs vary depending on your pet’s needs. Please call us to discuss a cost estimate.



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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Campbell River Veterinary Hospital