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.
A Vaccine Risk Assessment is performed at the same time as the annual physical exam. This assessment is used to determine the necessity of vaccinating your canine adult friend. Exposure (pet travels; local exposure to multiple animals of the same species), immune issues, and vaccine history are key factors in the assessment. A vaccine program can help prevent certain illnesses that can affect your dog and contribute to a healthy life.
Our Veterinarians at Fairview Animal Hospital have assessed the risks that are prevalent in our area and can provide a set of core vaccines to help your canine friend live a long and healthy life. These core vaccines are recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force. Fairview Animal Hospital is also an accredited member of AAHA.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
The core vaccines we offer are Canine distemper virus, parvovirus, adenovirus-2 and parainfluenza, Rabies, and Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough).
We also vaccinate and are happy to discuss the non-core vaccines, Lyme vaccine, and Leptospirosis vaccine. Both Lyme and Lepto infections are seen in our area. Vaccination is based on a risk assessment of each dog.
Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?
We recommend your adult canine friend have a Vaccine risk assessment done annually by our Veterinarians. Recommendations are made to vaccinate every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine risk assessment and the type of vaccine.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
There is no evidence that annual vaccine risk assessments that lead to vaccination are anything but beneficial to the majority of dogs. Published research has conclusively shown that neglecting your dog from vaccinating against some of the major diseases can put your pet at risk. In most adequately vaccinated dogs, the immunity should last more than a year and often several years. However, immunity declines with time and varies with dogs. To maintain successful immunity, and therefore good health, revaccination is recommended.
How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?
For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
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 to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm
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. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.
5. 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.
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.