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.
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.
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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital