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.
Vaccinations are vital to your pet’s health and wellness. Vaccines provide protection from a number of highly contagious diseases and dangerous viruses. Our veterinarians follow the latest recommendations in vaccine protocol, and will work with you to determine the best wellness treatment for your pet. Vaccinations are safe and proven to be effective in preventing illness. A routine vaccination schedule will keep your dog protected and healthy.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
We offer several types of vaccines for adult dogs. Your dog’s lifestyle will help us determine the type and frequency of the vaccinations they need. At the Morinville Veterinary Clinic, we recommend “core” vaccines on a regular basis: rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza. In addition, we offer vaccines for bordetella (kennel cough) coronavirus, Lyme disease and leptospirosis.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
Yes! Your pet’s age and lifestyle will help us determine the frequency of the vaccinations. The core vaccines (DAPP, rabies) can be administered every 2-3 years, once a dog has reached adulthood. Veterinarians are the only people who should make recommendations about your dog’s vaccine schedule, as they have the training and access to the most up to date research on vaccines. A missed or overdue vaccination can disrupt the schedule. Your veterinarian may recommend booster vaccines to ensure your pet has full immunity.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Prevention is key! Most of the diseases we vaccinate against are contagious and cannot be cured. It is much better for your pet and more cost effective to vaccinate regularly than to treat an easily preventable disease. Boarding facilities and groomers often require pets to be up to date on their vaccinations. Viruses such as bordetella are airborne and therefore, are highly contagious. The rabies virus is transmitted by an exchange of bodily fluid. Animals like foxes, muskrats and bats can carry the rabies virus. Parvovirus is transmitted through excrement, the virus can live in an environment for years and is very difficult to eradicate.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
The cost of vaccinations can vary, the type and number of vaccines will affect your total cost. In order to give you an accurate estimate, we will need to know some basic information about your dog. Basic information includes the age of your dog, previous vaccination history, and information about your pet’s lifestyle. Activities such as travel, grooming, boarding or visiting dog parks will help us determine the type of protection he or she will need.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 780 939 3133. 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 you to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return your pet to your car.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
3. 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.
4. We ask that payments be made over the phone with a credit card whenever possible. However, we will still accept debit payments if needed.
5. 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 Morinville Veterinary Clinic