We remain open to provide urgent 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.
Our clinic recommends vaccines as an easy way to prevent some illnesses. We vaccinate dogs against very serious and very contagious diseases. Some diseases, like canine parvovirus, are quite prevalent in the Sudbury region and dog to dog contact is not required to spread the disease. Other vaccines are required by law – such as the rabies vaccine because the rabies virus poses a threat to the human population as well as the pet population.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
We vaccinate adult dogs with the core vaccines, which include distemper, adenovirus/hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. We also vaccinate for rabies. We offer Bordetella, also known as kennel cough as an additional vaccine for dogs who are routinely in an enclosed environment with other dogs or who are in close contact with other dogs. This vaccine would be recommended for dogs who are routinely boarded in a kennel, who regularly go to the groomer, who go to doggy daycare, who frequent the dog park or who go to obedience school.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
After the initial puppy vaccines, the core vaccines should be administered annually. The rabies vaccine should be given once as a puppy and then again one year later. After that point, the rabies vaccine can be administered every 3 years as long as it is done on time. Our veterinarian can also tailor the vaccine program for individual dogs based on vaccine titers and exposure risks. Vaccine titers consist of a blood sample to check the immunity response for the dog. The titer test is a blood test that can be done at the hospital, but it is available for only a few of the diseases that dogs are vaccinated against.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
By law your dog should be vaccinated routinely against rabies because that poses a human health risk. The other vaccines are not regulated by law, but they are a sensible way to prevent disease in your dog. Vaccines protect your pet against serious and potentially fatal illnesses.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
Vaccination cost depends on several factors such as the age of the dog, the dog’s previous vaccine history, and exposure risk. Please call us to discuss your dog’s specific needs and to receive an accurate quote on costs.
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 April 6, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We are offering urgent care appointments only at this time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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.