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.


Why We Vaccinate

If you have been following the news in the last few months, it is likely that you have heard about the outbreak of measles in North America that is believed to have started at Disneyland in California. Measles is a viral disease of children that was almost completely eliminated through a childhood vaccination program. The only reason that it was not eliminated was a few people stopped vaccinating, based on false research that the vaccine caused autism. Even the scientist who published the paper has said that he faked it because he was paid by an insurance company. Unfortunately, the parents who were not vaccinating chose to ignore the fact that the research was not real.

How a vaccine works is by exposing the person (or animal) to what the virus looks like, so the immune system can recognize it. If the real virus comes along, the body is already set to attack it before it can infect. The vaccinated ones stay healthy, the unvaccinated ones get sick.

People absolutely have the right to choose not to vaccinate their children or pets. They are willing to take the risk of viral infection. With that right comes responsibility…the responsibility to not put others at risk. That means if you choose not to vaccinate, you cannot go to places where you can make others sick. For people, this translates as not going to places like Disneyland. It may lead to your family doctor refusing to take your child as a patient because it creates a risk for other patients.

For pet owners, this responsibility shows up as not taking your pet to dog parks, grooming places or boarding kennels. Most pet-related businesses ask for proof of vaccination, as they have a responsibility to all of their clients. Even without having to provide proof, most pet owners know if they have vaccinated their pets. They have a responsibility to not bring unvaccinated animals to places where they can pass disease on to someone else’s pet.

Those who complain about being “forced” to vaccinate have missed the point entirely. The choice to not vaccinate comes with consequences that may be tragic or inconvenient. A good comparison would be somebody who chooses not to wear a helmet when riding a motorbike. It would be inconvenient to have the police give you a ticket. It would be tragic to crash when you are not wearing a helmet.

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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 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