We are following national and provincial guidelines to protect people and pets during the pandemic.
Which vaccines are essential during the pandemic?
1. Rabies vaccines are considered essential because of the danger rabies poses to people. Many animals have been vaccinated before and can be presumed to be immune even if their vaccines are due. Rabies vaccine appointments should only be made for:
- Pets that are due for their first rabies vaccine.
- Pets that had their first rabies vaccine but have not had a booster.
2. Core vaccines are vaccines that are recommended for all pets as they help to protect against infections that could be fatal to pets or infect people. Some of these illnesses include parvo in puppies, panleukopenia in kittens and leptospirosis in some locations.
Vaccines should not be postponed for:
- Puppies, kittens and unvaccinated adult pets.
- Animals required by Public Health to receive a rabies vaccine.
Vaccines could be postponed for:
- Middle-aged and older animals that are overdue for boosters. In most cases, even if they are years overdue, they will still be protected.
- Animals that have had at least two rabies vaccines in their life.
Can my pet get deworming, parasite control and a microchip at the vaccine appointment?
Puppies and kittens that come for vaccine appointments will be dewormed. If parasite control (i.e. flea or tick products or heartworm preventives) or microchips are needed, these should be booked and paid for when the vaccine appointment is made.
What do I do when I arrive?
You will be asked to remain in your car or maintain social distancing outside the vaccine clinic entrance. A staff member will bring your pet into the clinic while you wait outside. You will also be handed a iPad that will connect you with a veterinarian that will be performing your pet’s physical exam and vaccine service. After the appointment, a staff member will bring you your animal and a registered veterinary technician will inform you of any concerns identified during the appointment.
For more information on the importance of establishing a relationship with a local full service veterinarian for your pet, please click here.
Weighing Your Pet
Some services may require you to provide an accurate weight of your pet. Please view the following videos for tips on how to properly weigh your pet