WELLNESS

VACCINATIONS

 

Vaccines help to prevent many common illnesses in our pets. Risks and benefits of vaccines must be weighed and are tailored specifically to your pet's needs based on their lifestyle and requirements. We do not believe in a one-size fits all vaccination program. The following are some general information and guidelines.

CANINE

DA2PP: This is a core vaccine (meaning it is important for all dogs to be vaccinated against this). It includes protection against distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus and parainfluenza.

Rabies: This is also a core vaccine and is required by law. The recent increase in rabies in Southern Ontario brings to light the importance of keeping our pets up to date. 

Leptospirosis: We recommend this for dogs that will be walking trails, hiking, going to off-leash parks, or going swimming in natural waterways.

Bordetella: Bordetella is a bacterial cause of kennel cough in dogs, termed kennel cough since if one dog in a kennel has it, they very shortly all have it! 

FELINE

FVRCP: This is a core vaccine for all cats. It is a combo vaccine against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus , and panleukopenia.

Rabies: This is also a core vaccine and is required by law. The recent increase in rabies in Southern Ontario brings to light the importance of keeping our pets up to date. 

Leukemia: This vaccine is important for any cats who go outside or could be exposed to cats who go outside. It can impairs a cat's immune system and eventually cause cancer.

PARASITES

Common gastrointestinal parasites: Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and giardia, just to name a few! Most puppies will be born with roundworms, and most kittens will acquire roundworms when they nurse!

We also frequently treat ear mites, fleas, ticks, and occasionally lice or mange. Routine parasite prevention is not only important for our pets, but also to prevent these pets from transmitting parasites to their human companions. 

 

Please bring a fecal sample in to the clinic once a year to be tested for gastrointestinal parasites. 

WELLNESS TESTING

Pets cannot tell us when they aren't feeling right, and often try hard to hide illness. As our pets age, it is very helpful to run routine blood and urine testing to pick up any early changes. For dogs, an annual heartworm and tick-borne disease screening test is recommended.

 

 

 

As always, should you have any questions, please call us at 519-696-2120!