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.

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Dog Vaccinations

The rabies vaccine is required by Canadian law. Here at Briarwood, we offer a variety of vaccines and tailor each patient’s protocol to their individual needs based on their lifestyle and risk. Vaccinations are an important part of a preventative health protocol, as they help keep our pets healthy and safe from very serious yet preventable diseases.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?


We offer vaccinations for a variety of infectious diseases that are often transferred via wildlife and their excrements, or other dogs. These include rabies, Lyme disease, distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and Bordetella (“Kennel Cough”).

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?


We follow the vaccination guidelines set out by the American Animal Hospital Association as well as the manufacturer guidelines so that we ensure our patients are adequately protected, yet not over-vaccinated. Certain vaccines are given on an annual basis, but others can last longer and so we vaccinate every 3 years. During your pet’s annual exam, we reassess risk, need, and scheduling for various diseases we can protect against.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?


Most of the diseases we vaccinate for are very serious; some can even be fatal. If treatable, the diagnostic and treatment process can be very intensive for your dog, as well as costly. Vaccinations have long been known to strengthen the immune system and protect against many diseases vaccines help to ensure that our pets live long and healthy lives.

How much does dog vaccinations cost?


For nearly all of the vaccines we offer, there is one reasonable flat-fee regardless of the number of vaccines your dog receives. We do this because we feel strongly that dogs should be kept up to date on vaccines, so we don’t want cost to be a reason why pet owners don’t do so. As a courtesy, if your pet’s nails need to be trimmed at the time of vaccines, consider it done.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital 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 to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

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, 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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital