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 many illnesses that affect pets. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help them live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Vaccines are important in the prevention of contagious deceases. Specific vaccines fall under the “core” vaccines while others are administered depending on risk and lifestyle.
3. Bordetella – upper respiratory tract infection. Often spread at doggie daycares.
4. Lyme is recommended depending on your pet’s lifestyle and risk.
5. Leptospirosis is recommended depending on your pet’s lifestyle and risk.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
Bacterial antigen vaccines provide protection for one year. Viral antigen vaccines provide protection for 3 years. Depending on the required vaccinations annual or triannual boosters are typically required.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Each individual immune system can respond differently to a vaccination. Providing ongoing re-vaccination, we help to ensure the immune system is adequately prepared to defend your dog from viral and bacterial exposure.
What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?
Vaccines stimulate your puppy’s immune system to create antibodies which aid in the prevention of specific diseases.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
Puppy vaccines begin at 8 weeks and are boostered at 12 and 16 weeks. Rabies is given at 16 weeks. If appropriate Lyme and Leptospirosis vaccines are given after 4 months of age.
How should you prepare your puppy for their first vaccination visit?
Bringing your puppy to our clinic to meet our very friendly compassionate staff, before their initial appointment, is certainly a good idea. Our goal is to create a very positive experience for you and your puppy. To prevent car sickness, it is recommended not to feed a big meal before your visit. We typically give lots of treats for encouragement anyway.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
Please contact our clinic for further information.
Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event. It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof. Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip. As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017: A pet is lost every seven seconds
One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime
Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home
When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number. It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets. Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag. The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it. A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip. With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away. When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info. It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date. If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information. Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide. If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended. Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator Edited by Janis Wall, RVT
Our clinic hours are changing! Until further notice our hours are:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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 902.826.1933. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. 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 over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
3. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital