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.

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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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Last updated: June 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital