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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre