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 help prevent dogs from becoming sick and therefore, saves you money. Antibodies are natural defense mechanisms that dogs use to fight infection. Vaccines help dogs to make more of these antibodies. We at North Hill Animal Hospital, vaccinate dogs based on the risk each dog has for picking up a certain disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against rabies. This protects them and your whole family against this deadly disease. Dogs also need to be vaccinated against the “core” group of disease, which they can get from interacting with other dogs. In addition, some dogs need protection against Leptospirosis and others need protection from kennel cough.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Adult dogs are given core vaccines (which include protection against distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and an adenovirus combo vaccine), rabies, leptospirosis, and bordetella.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
The Leptospirosis vaccination needs to be given initially, then needs a booster 3-4 weeks after the first injection, and thereafter is needed annually. Bordatella is an annual vaccine and does not require a booster. Pets will need to be vaccinated against rabies annually for 2 years in a row and then will be vaccinated every 3 years. Core vaccines will need 3 initial puppy boosters at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. After having a booster vaccine annually for 3 years in a row, we move to core vaccines given once every 3 years. Leptospirosis vaccination is given twice in the first year and rabies vaccination is given once. Adult dogs receive yearly examinations and vaccines, depending on their risk of exposure to disease.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 905.857.5057. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - 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!
- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital