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.

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Dog Vaccination

Vaccines are incredibly important to prevent serious diseases, and some are required by law. A vaccine basically tricks one’s immune system into building antibodies against a disease, so when we see said disease it will be destroyed before causing illness. We tailor vaccines to individual lifestyles – you may hear about this approach as core and non-core vaccination. Core vaccines would be those vaccinations that all dogs should get due to the high risk of infection or severity of the infection. Non-core vaccines are selected based on where your dog travels and what they do. Examples of core vaccines are distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, rabies virus. Examples of non-core vaccines would be Bordetella, Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccinations.

What types of vaccination are offered for adult dogs?


Our vaccines are Rabies and the Distemper-Parvovirus combination. We also vaccinate pets at risk for kennel cough, Leptospirosis and Lyme depending on lifestyle. The basic vaccines that are required and/or based on the area you live in are Rabies, Leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella and Distemper (which in our combination includes parvovirus, parainfluenza and adenovirus2). Vaccines can prevent illnesses and is the easiest way to help your pet live a healthy life. There are different vaccines for different diseases, as well as types and combinations.

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?


Each vaccine has its own schedule based on the manufacturer’s directions and current research. Some vaccines have proven immunity for one year, while others have proven immunity for three years, as long as proper vaccine protocols are followed. Each dog’s vaccine schedule is customized based on previous vaccinations and what they currently may be exposed to. Regardless of whether or not it’s time for your pet’s vaccine, it’s always a good idea to have an annual physical exam to ensure your pet’s health needs are being met.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?


Vaccinating your dog is crucial in ensuring a healthy and happy life. Vaccines help to prevent diseases that can be harmful and even fatal to your dog and possibly humans.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Friday, March 20, 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 519.797.2960. 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 - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 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 Southampton Pet Hospital