New spay/neuter clinic opens in Calgary

By Sherry Butt

Spaying or neutering your pets is a great way to help keep them healthy and happy. It’s also a great way to help reduce pet overpopulation and decrease the number of animals that end up in rescues and shelters.

More specifically, spaying and neutering will not affect your pet’s personality nor will it make them fat and lazy. Also, pets that have not been spayed or neutered are more likely to roam away from home, digging under or climbing over fences to find a mate. Spaying and neutering can also help to solve some behavioural problems such as aggression or marking territory.

Unfortunately, many people choose not to spay or neuter their pets because of costs concerns. Now, Calgary Pet Wellness & Spay/Neuter Clinic, specializes in spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines, with no application to fill out, no referral process and no minimum income requirements.

When surgery patients are book in, they get a full physical exam before anesthesia and receive an exceptional level of care. Calgary Pet Wellness conducts spay/neuter surgery on pets as young as eight weeks old and up to around eight years of age. “Geriatric animals (over eight) are approved for surgery on a case-by-case basis, depending on their overall health,” says Dr. Laina.

While your pet is in surgery, other procedures can be performed at the same time such as removal of baby teeth, hernia repairs and vaccines.

The clinic also works closely with a number of rescue organizations, offering spay/neuter surgery, routine exams and vaccinations at a further reduced rate.

Since opening in March 2013, the clinic has been working on developing a regular clientele. Calgary Pet Wellness handles regular vet appointments for routine checkups, vaccinations and to address any number of ailments from parasites to ear infections. “Our hopes moving forward in the next year is to be able to purchase dental equipment so we can start offering dental procedures,” says Dr. Laina.

Dr. Laina Knorr graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2009 after completing BSc and MSc degrees. She has three cats she loves dearly and finds they are a great source of companionship and entertainment.

Dr. Wendy James graduated from WCVM in 2000 after completing a BSc degree. She has four dogs and a crazy Devon Rex cat that keeps her hopping.

For more information about the clinic and the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet visit www.calgaryspayandneuter.ca or call (403) 569-7387.