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.
Annex Animal Hospital provides professional spay/neuter surgery services for cats and kittens. Every patient is cared for and monitored by our professional, gentle, animal-loving team of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians. Each patient receives supportive care such as intravenous fluid therapy, warm blankets and medications for pain control while in our hospital. Our spay/neuter patients are usually discharged from the hospital on the same day as the surgery is performed. You will receive complete care instructions and post-operative pain medications once they are discharged from the hospital by one of our registered veterinary technicians. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions about the post-surgical recovery process.
What’s the importance of spay and neuter surgery for pets?
Pets that are spayed or neutered at six months of age will benefit greatly from the surgery. With female pets, estrus (known as heat) will be eliminated, and they will no longer experience the “heat cycle.” The surgery also reduces the chances of female pets developing breast tumours, ovarian cysts, and uterine infections as they grow older.
Male pets may display significantly less aggression and territorial behaviours such as urine spraying in male cats. Male pets will also have a decreased chance of developing perineal hernias and several types of cancer later in life.
The benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered will not only benefit your companion and household but will also have a positive impact on the community as it reduces the likelihood of unexpected puppies and kittens.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
Once your kitten is fully vaccinated, we highly recommend they be spayed or neutered. Talk to your veterinarian during your kitten’s visit about the health and behavioural benefits of the procedure. We usually suggest cats are spayed or neutered between the ages of four and six months of age.
How do I care for my cat during recovery from spay/neuter surgery?
We discharge our spay/neuter patients the same day so that they may recover under your loving care in the comfort of their own home. You will receive complete care instructions and post-operative pain medications once your cat is discharged from the hospital by one of our registered veterinary technicians. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions about the post-surgical recovery process. We will follow-up with you by telephone the day after surgery but you are welcome to call us anytime if there are questions or concerns about your cat’s recovery.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock 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. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday & Friday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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.
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.