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.
Our canine vaccine program is divided into “core” and “non-core” vaccines. They are administered in accordance with guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association. Core vaccines are highly recommended for all dogs, either by law or because of the life-threatening nature of the diseases. Non-core vaccines are administered selectively, based on potential risk of exposure to your pet. To determine if your dog would benefit from having a non-core vaccine, a discussion will be had with your veterinarian.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Core canine vaccines include a combination vaccine called DAPP (Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus-Parainfluenza) and the rabies vaccine. Our non-core vaccines include Leptospirosis and Bordetella (kennel cough). Core vaccines are administered annually, on a scheduled rotation system to avoid over-vaccination.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
At West Hill Animal Clinic, we have a schedule for vaccinating your dog. Once they are up to date with their core vaccines, we vaccinate adult dogs on a three-year rotation. Typically, we would rotate starting with Parvo the first year, followed by DAP (distemper) the second year and then rabies. We would continue to rotate through these vaccines each subsequent year.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Routine vaccination is one of the key methods of fighting disease and keeping your pet healthy.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
There is a set cost for the core vaccine and physical examination, with an add-on fee for any additional non-core vaccines.
Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health. Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!