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.

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Why Did They Shave so Much of My Dog for Surgery?

We often get asked, why is my dog’s whole belly shaved when the incision is so small? Why did you shave so much fur for such a small lump to be taken off? Some people think we are being “excessive” or “ridiculous” with shaving so much off.

The real reason behind it is sterility!
We don’t shave pets to give them bad haircuts (we apologize, we are not groomers, but we do our best). We need to shave past the surgical field for sterility reasons. We do not want fur or bacteria getting into any surgical site we need to work on. As much as we love to see you come through our door for a visit, we do not want it to be for complications post-surgery.

You may also notice there are bald patches on your pet’s legs as well. It is where we put in IV access for medications and/or fluids to keep your pet as comfortable and safe as possible during any procedure. We shave the legs for this again for sterility reasons. We do not want hair and bacteria entering the point of access to your pet’s bloodstream.

The pink stain on your pet’s skin and fur; it’s not because we tried to make your pet look “pretty.” It’s a skin cleaner to reduce bacteria and dirt from the areas we will be working on.

We apologize in advance for any bad shave jobs and colouring of your pet while in our care. We do the best and try to make it as even and nice as possible, but our main focus is keeping your pet healthy, comfortable and happy while they are with us.

If you have any more questions about why we shave pets during surgery, please give us a call.

Written by: Lyndsay McShane, Office Manager/Veterinary Technician



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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


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!

- Your dedicated team at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic