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.
Vaccines are our best defence against many potentially fatal pathogens. For this reason, there are three core vaccines are considered: Da2PP (combination vaccine containing Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza), Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Rabies. We also have two additional vaccines that are optional.
The first optional vaccine is for leptospirosis, which is a bacteria that is spread through contaminated urine. The bacteria affects rodents, dogs, humans and potentially cats (relatively unstudied at this time). The second optional vaccine is for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacteria that has many detrimental effects on the animals it attacks.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Currently, we offer five vaccinations for adult dogs: Da2PP combination vaccination (Includes Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza), Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Rabies, Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccination.
Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?
We recommend vaccination starting at 8 weeks old followed by a booster at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age. After completion of the “puppy” series, we recommend further boosters 1 year later. Going forward, Da2PP and Rabies are boostered every 3 years moving forward. Bordetella, Lyme, and Leptospirosis should still be boostered once yearly.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccinations in people have significantly controlled the spread of diseases and in some cases even have eradicated diseases. The same is true for your dog. Vaccinations help keep the occurrence and spread of diseases low.
How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?
For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
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. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital