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.
Vaccinating our dog and cat populations have greatly reduced the incidence of serious disease. We follow AAHA guidelines, giving core vaccines to all our patients. There are additional vaccines that may be warranted based on lifestyle to aid in the prevention of serious disease. These are discussed with pet owners. Our goal is informed owners and healthy pets.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Core vaccinations include rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus. These are initially boosted within a year and then go on a three-year rotating schedule. Non-core vaccines are given yearly and include leptospirosis (exposure through the urine of infected skunks, raccoons), Lyme (exposure to the bite of an infected deer tick) and Bordetella (the ‘worst’ culprit in Canine Respiratory Disease Complex). This is recommended for all puppies, dogs that kennel and go to dog parks or grooming frequently.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
Yes, we follow recommendations from AAHA. The initial puppy series and a booster a year later, are the most important vaccinations of your dog’s life. Following the core, vaccines go on a three-year schedule and non-core vaccines remain yearly.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Ontario is the only province where rabies vaccination is actually required by law. The recent resurgence of wildlife cases of rabies in the Hamilton & Caledonia areas demonstrates why a current rabies vaccine is so important. Rabies is a fatal disease and has serious consequences with respect to human exposure. Parvovirus is a disease of unvaccinated dogs and is ubiquitous/everywhere. Vaccination works. Puppies can and do die from this disease, which causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
Each of our patients are unique in their needs for vaccinations, based on their lifestyle. Call Park Road Veterinary Clinic to discuss your dog’s specific vaccination requirements.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-759-3031. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sunday: Closed.
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 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.
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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic