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.
There are several different types of vaccines, but the idea behind all of them is the same: Expose your pet to a weakened, killed, or signalling part of a disease-causing bacteria or virus in a safe and controlled way. Once vaccinated, your pets’ immune system is ready to combat the bacteria or virus if it ever shows up.
Core vaccines and non-core vaccines for dogs:
Generally, vaccines can be divided into core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are considered the essential ones, while non-core vaccines are recommended if your dog’s lifestyle puts him or her at risk for certain diseases.
Core vaccines for dogs include the vaccines for rabies, distemper, infectious hepatitis (adenovirus), and parvovirus. We recommend all dogs get these vaccines on a rotating basis.
There are many non-core vaccines, but the most common one we use in dogs is the kennel cough vaccine. We recommend the kennel cough vaccine for dogs that go to the dog park, the groomer, doggy daycare, the kennel, or often come in to contact with other dogs.
Other non-core vaccines include vaccines for Lyme disease, canine influenza (dog flu), and leptospirosis.
If you’re planning on travelling with your dog, talk to us about it! We may recommend one or more the non-core vaccines to protect your pup. For example, while Lyme disease is not a significant threat in our part of the province, in other parts of Canada and much of the United States it is more common. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure – that’s what vaccines are all about!
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 Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain stay in the hallway and use your cell phone to call us at 306.373.3500. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar that can be attached to a leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone./p>
d. We will then bring your pet out to you in the hallway.
2. We are giving priority to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services please give us a call and we can decide if the appointment can be done at a later time.
3. As of March 30th we are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, & closed on Sundays
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 and you will be asked to pay over the phone. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, and we will place your order outside on the table or bring to you in the hallway.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic