We remain open to provide 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.
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.
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, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613.443.5459. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital