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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519-759-3031. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic