Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
Tick Prevention Recommended
Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food. Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans. As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are still OPEN with the following hours: MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!