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 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.
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 us. 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!