We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Vaccination

Our feline and canine companions depend on us for all of their health care needs, from diet and exercise to their annual veterinary visits. At the same time, vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious and sometimes deadly diseases. The lifestyle that your pet leads dictates what type of risks they may be exposed to and ultimately what kind of vaccines are needed to keep them protected. At the time of your pet’s veterinary visit, we do a full assessment of your dog’s lifestyle which enables us to provide you with a tailored plan that will help keep your furry friend healthy and happy for many years to come. On your visit, we will discuss the type of vaccines that are available and what part they play in your companion’s day to day health care regime.

What type of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

Each dog has a different lifestyle and vaccines are broken down into core (those that are needed by every dog) and non-core (those only given to a dog whose lifestyle dictates they will be at risk).

Core Vaccines

  • Distemper Complex – protects against a number of viruses that attack multiple body systems including the respiratory and central nervous systems.
  • Canine Parvovirus – which is a highly contagious disease that can affect dogs in all stages of life. It can cause extreme vomiting and diarrhea which causes dehydration and in many cases death.
  • Rabies – a fatal and incurable disease, which attacks the central nervous system of an infected animal.

Non-Core Vaccines

  • Leptospirosis – is a growing concern for dog owners; is caused by bacteria and can be spread through the contaminated urine of rodents, skunks, and raccoons. The bacteria can enter through cuts in the skin and also through mucous membranes such as the nose, mouth, and eyes. Drinking from contaminated water sources is the main source of transmission. This can cause liver and kidney disease in our dogs and can also be passed to people.
  • Bordetella – is commonly called kennel cough – it is caused by a bacteria that causes canine infectious tracheobronchitis. It is highly contagious and easily transmitted through direct contact and is a required vaccination for dogs who will be kenneled or attending doggy daycare.
  • Lyme – Is an infectious tick-borne disease that can cause a myriad of different symptoms which include fever, lameness, loss of appetite and lethargy. Vaccination is recommended for dogs who live or travel to Lyme endemic areas.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?

It is important to vaccinate our dogs to keep their immune system strong against a variety of debilitating diseases. Vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious and often deadly diseases. This is why a vaccination program that is matched to your dog’s lifestyle is an essential part of a healthy life plan.

How much do dog vaccinations cost?

Vaccine protocols vary from dog to dog depending on lifestyle and physical health. Our annual vaccine review includes a comprehensive examination, nutritional consultation as well as discussions on behaviour and lifestyle choices. Please contact the clinic directly, and one of our pet health team members will be happy to answer any questions you have on vaccinations and the costs involved.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-453-2940. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call you to discuss the details. We will then return your pet to your vehicle and payment can be processed over the phone (using a credit card).

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button. There is free delivery for orders over $100.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Fairmont Animal Hospital