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.
In veterinary medicine, prevention of serious illnesses is critical, because some of these illnesses can be deadly or leave the animal with life-long health issues. Vaccinations are our first line of defense against common diseases that have devastating consequences on a dog. There are “core” vaccines, which are required by law and protect against the most common diseases, and the “non-core” vaccines, which are given based on the specific risks associated with a dog’s personal lifestyle.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Our core vaccines include Rabies (which is required by law), the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus combination, and the Leptospirosis vaccine. Our non-core vaccines protect against Bordetella (also known as Kennel Cough) and Lyme disease and are given based on your dog’s risk of exposure.
Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?
The length of immunity provided by a vaccine depends on the vaccine itself, a dog’s age, and how many vaccines they’ve received previously. Young puppies have immature immune systems which require that they receive boosters after receiving a vaccine for the first time, and as they reach adulthood, the Rabies and Distemper combination will be effective from one to three years. Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordetella are yearly vaccinations.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Many diseases can have terrible consequences on your dog’s health, and some are even fatal. Viruses in the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus family, for example, are quite serious and are especially lethal in puppies. Vaccines introduce a killed or modified version of the disease or bacteria into your pet’s system, which then helps to “train” the immune system to respond to that pathogen. If they do come in contact with an active form of that pathogen after being vaccinated, their immune system will respond faster and more effectively.
How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?
Costs will depend on which vaccines your dog requires at the time of their annual exam. We always take your dog’s lifestyle and environment into consideration and offer our vaccine recommendations accordingly.
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 call us from your cell phone or ring our doorbell so that we know that you've arrived for your appointment. 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital