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.
Rabies vaccines save lives. This statement seems obvious since vaccinations help develop antibodies to prevent infection from certain diseases, in this case, the virus that causes rabies. Researchers looking at vaccination of dogs in Africa found, however, that the risk of death from any disease was less in those dogs who had been vaccinated using the rabies vaccine. This means that somehow those dogs who were injected with the rabies vaccine were better able to fight off other diseases. So their immune system had been enhanced.
This three-year study which looked at the additive protective effects of rabies vaccination was done with free-roaming dogs in South Africa. The dogs were separated into three age groups and those dogs who were vaccinated under four months of age had the most significant protective effect from vaccination. Young dogs are at more risk of getting sick from any disease so having an enhanced immune system from vaccination helps keep them healthy.
This enhancement of the immune system from vaccination is called a “non- specific protective effect.” This happens in dogs and humans with certain vaccines. When a vaccine, in this case, a rabies vaccine, is administered to an animal the vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies which, if a dog is Infected, will attach and kill the rabies virus before it causes disease. With this protective effect, the vaccination also ‘wakes up’ the rest of the immune system so when an animal is infected with any other the disease they are better equipped to stay healthy.
Rabies as a disease is a severe and always fatal disease. There is no treatment for animals once they are infected with the rabies virus, so vaccination is the only way to protect animals from rabies. The most common source of rabies infection for people is from bites from dogs. To protect dogs and people from rabies and to help enhance the immune system of dogs, rabies vaccinations should be administered by four months of age.
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
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 North Hill Animal Hospital