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.
The Airdrie Animal Health Centre is committed to maintaining your dog’s health. Vaccinating your pet is an essential aspect of providing preventative health care and keeping your pup in top form. Regular vaccinations help prime your dog’s immune system to build up an effective response to diseases, thereby mitigating or preventing infection.
What types of vaccinations does your clinic offer for adult dogs?
The Airdrie Animal Health Centre offers three vaccines for canines: the Da2pp combo vaccine, Rabies vaccine and Bordetella vaccine. The Da2pp vaccine is a combo vaccine that protects against Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Canine Adenovirus type II. Along with the rabies vaccine, the Da2pp vaccine makes up the core vaccines for dogs. The Bordetella vaccine, commonly known as the kennel cough vaccine, is an optional vaccine based on the lifestyle and exposure to your dog, which would be discussed during the physical exam.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
The interval between each vaccination depends on your pet’s age, the vaccines given and previous vaccination history. In adult dogs, we offer annual distemper/parvo and Bordetella vaccines, while Rabies vaccines are only given once every 3 years. Once vaccinated with our clinic, your pet will be updated in our system, automatically reminding you when your dog is due for vaccines making it easier for you to keep track of your pet’s preventative health care. Talk to one of our veterinarians to ensure that your dog is on an appropriate vaccine schedule to fit their life stage.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccinating your pet is important to help maintain your dog’s health. Vaccines allow your pet’s immune system to fight against infection, so they can prevent or mediate any sickness. Vaccinating your dog also contributes to the control of some diseases. By having your dog vaccinated, we can stop the spread of disease from dog to dog and prevent your dog from being a carrier of diseases.
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 door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.
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 bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre