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.
We believe that one of the most important ways to care for your pet’s health is to vaccinate against potential diseases. Vaccinations will help protect you and your furry family members from these diseases. Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations and create a vaccine protocol that is the best fit for your dog’s lifestyle and state of health.
What types of vaccinations does your clinic offer for adult dogs?
To begin with, we recommend both rabies and DA2PP (distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza) vaccines, which we also refer to as our core vaccinations. Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs, based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease and transmissibility to humans. Based on your pet’s lifestyle, we may also recommend vaccinating against Lyme disease, Bordetella and Leptospirosis. The Bordetella (also known as kennel cough) vaccine is recommended for dogs who are frequently exposed to other dogs in social settings (doggy daycare, dog parks etc.). Bordetella bronchiseptica causes inflammation of your dog’s upper respiratory system, which leads to coughing and illness. This can expose your dog to secondary infections. Lyme disease is a tick-transmitted disease, which can be spread by the bite of an infected black-legged tick. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in soil and water. This is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread to humans and other animals.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
Puppies will receive their first set of vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Vaccines are boostered 1 year later and then every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine given.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccines help to prepare the body’s immune system to fight against disease-causing organisms. With such a variety of diseases that can affect our pets, proper vaccination is vital in keeping them safe from the many types of illnesses that they are susceptible to.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
5. 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital