Peak Veterinary Hospital has the experience and technology to perform everything from routine spay and neuter procedures to more advanced surgeries. The Peak Team has the experience to ensure that your pet receives a tailored anaesthetic plan safe to address their unique requirements. Paired with a dedicated, licensed Registered Veterinary Technologist, the latest technologies are used to monitor your pet throughout their procedure and well into the recovery period. This includes monitoring of the pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. These steps ensure your pet is safe and comfortable during the entire procedure.
Cat Neutering (Cat Spaying and Cat Castration)
Choosing to have your cat “fixed” or “neutered” is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure their longevity.
The female-specific term is spay, which is the removal of the ovaries, called an ovariectomy, or both the ovaries and uterus, called an ovariohysterectomy. When female cats are spayed, they avoid the risk of developing a life-threatening infection in the uterus, prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the risk of mammary neoplasia (which is very aggressive and often fatal in cats) while eliminating uterine neoplasia, and eliminate certain behaviours so they are often more cuddly.
The male-specific term is neuter or castration, which involves the removal of both of the testicles. Neutering helps prevent urine spraying, unwanted litters, roaming behaviours and fighting with other cats.
There are no studies that show a benefit to delaying the spay or neuter of a cat until they are older (as can be found with some large and giant breed dogs). Typically, cats are spayed and neutered anywhere after 4 months of age.
Give Peak a call to discuss if you cat should be neutered, and when the best time to have this done would be: (403) 904-1100.
Dog Neutering (Dog Spaying and Dog Castration)
The neutering of either a male or female dog is often referred to as “dog fixing”.
The female-specific term is spay, which is the removal of the ovaries, called an ovariectomy, or both the ovaries and uterus, called an ovariohysterectomy. When female dogs are spayed, they avoid the risk of developing a life-threatening infection in the uterus, prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the risk of mammary neoplasia while eliminating uterine neoplasia, and eliminate certain behaviours associated with fluctuating hormones.
The male-specific term is neuter or castration, which involves the removal of both of the testicles. Neutering helps prevent marking behaviours, unwanted litters, roaming behaviours and aggression.
The recommendation about the age to have your dog spayed or neutered is best left for a discussion with one of the veterinarians at Peak. It is a multifactorial decision and does take into account many aspects of pet ownership. While traditionally 6 months of age is recommended, studies show that there are breed differences – and sometimes sex differences – with regard to the increased risks of joint disorders and cancers associated with neutering at various ages. The Personality of the puppy is just as important as growth estimates so together, the Peak Team will work with you to decide what is best for your family.
Give Peak a call to discuss if you dog should be neutered, and when the best time to have this done would be: (403) 904-1100.
Pet Dental Surgery
Compromised dental health impacts many aspects of your pets quality of life, from causing underlying metabolic problems and chronic sources of pain to creating distance with the bond you have because of bad breath. Peak Veterinary Hospital has a dedicated dental suite that is equipped with dental radiology, anesthetic machines and the monitors that are needed to record blood pressure, temperature, oxygenation levels of the blood, and electrical activity of the heart, as well as warming systems to keep pets safe and comfortable.
All of the dental procedures at Peak start with a comprehensive oral exam, dental charting, full mouth radiographs to assess root health and nerve blocks to provide additional pain management. With problem teeth identified, surgical extractions are performed by one of our veterinarians and radiographs retaken to ensure all of the roots are removed. After the scale and polish, all of Peak’s dental patients receive a complimentary Cold Laser Therapy treatment to speed healing and reduce inflammation.
Peak vet is extremely well equipped and capable of preforming many urgent and non-urgent pet dental surgeries. Visit the Dental Services page for more information on Peak’s dental services and their dental studio!
Urgent Pet Surgery and Emergency Pet Surgery
Certain situations can arise in which your pet requires urgent surgery. The team at Peak is trained and ready to handle many types of emergency surgeries during their business hours. If our veterinarians are unable to perform a specific intensive or specialized surgery, they will do everything in their care to stabilize them and refer you to a critical care specialist or 24-hour emergency hospital, such as S.A.V.E. or the C.A.R.E Centre. Note that Peak is not a 24 hour clinic, and is only open for emergencies during their regular business hours.
If you have an emergency, please call us now at: (403) 904-1100.
Pet Surgery Preparedness
Peak Veterinary Hospital is readily prepared to diagnose and perform many types of pet surgery due to their amazing team and the extensive resources with the clinic. Some of the key technological resources available at Peak are listed below.
Peak’s in-house diagnostic laboratory plays an essential role in our comprehensive approach to preventive medicine, pre-anaesthetic and urgent care cases. Our laboratory is equipped with the latest blood analyzers to provide accurate and timely results on the health of our patients.
Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They are utilized to examine your pet’s skeleton, lungs, heart, abdomen, teeth and more. Radiographs are also crucial for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. Peak Veterinary Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine that will provide our veterinarians with high quality diagnostic images.
For your convenience, Peak has an in-house pharmacy, enabling you to pick up your pet’s medications at the time of your visit. So, after a potentially exhaustive day of surgery, you won’t have to run more errands to gather pet medications. Note that like other hospitals, we are unable to carry every medication, but we are sure to keep many common and some uncommon medications in stock.