Vaccines and Exams

John with Yorki (tech student Rachel's dog)

Dog Attack……both Owner and their pet dog were bitten

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Several days ago, Penny, a seven year old female Papillon, was being leash walked by her owner when out of no where, a 70lb Labrador Retriever appeared and within a few seconds had picked Penny up in his mouth and was shaking her.

Penny’s distraught owner tried to frantically pry her small dog from the Lab’s mouth, and was successful, but Penny received two puncture wounds and bruising to her lower back. During the rescue, the owner inadvertently was also bitten by the panicked Penny.

Penny was rushed to RYAH for treatment where her wounds were shaved, cleaned and sutured and she received antibiotics and pain medication. With her resting comfortably and her medical needs attended to, the staff then directed their attention to gathering information about the circumstances and the other dog in question.

Penny’s Rabies vaccination was up to date……but what about the Labrador that bit Penny? Was that dog currently vaccinated?? Was Penny bitten by an unvaccinated dog and what were the risks if she had been? Thankfully, we were able to get the contact information from the Labrador’s owner and contacted the veterinary hospital who confirmed Rabies vaccination dates. In most bite or dog fight situation we cannot prove Rabies vaccination dates usually due to the fact that a medical emergency is being dealt with and often proper contact information is not exchanged about the dogs involved. In the absence of information, a veterinarian has to assume that the other dog was unvaccinated and treat their patient accordingly.

When a HUMAN has suffered a dog bite there are further rules to follow. Since Penny’s owner was bitten by her own dog, who was current on her rabies vaccination, she does not have to worry about Rabies. However, if she had been bitten by the other dog and we had not been able to verify that the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccine it would have been a different story.

It is a veterinarian’s responsibility to advise any person who has been bitten by her own or any other dog to seek immediate medical care as a dog’s mouth is very dirty and bacteria can easily be transferred to the person causing infection. Antibiotic therapy would likely be recommended for the person too. The physician, in turn, is obligated to report any bites to a Public Health Officer. A bite involving a vaccinated dog……in Penny’s case….means an in-home quarantine for about ten days with limited people contact. A bite involving an unknown or an unvaccinated dog involves a much more involved process for both the dog (if it is ever identified) and the person who was bitten.

I am happy to report that Penny and her owner are recuperating nicely!

Dr. John

 

Why Vaccinations and Annual Exams are important for your dog and cat

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At Royal York Animal Hospital, we believe it is our primary responsibility to keep your pet as healthy as possible which is why we recommend physical examinations and vaccination assessment on an annual basis. Our vaccination recommendations are based on your individual pet’s lifestyle and our community of Etobicoke’s risks. Once your pet enters their mature years, which for pets is around age 10 and depending on any ongoing health issues, we may recommend 6 month visits. We also highly recommend Wellness Blood screening at least every other year when your pet is younger and annually when they reach 10 years of age. Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pet.

Pet Exams Etobicoke

Vaccinations offer a high degree of protection against common disease. Our vets use their expertise to determine which vaccines are required on an individual pet basis. This decision is based on a balance among disease incidence and severity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and the health, welfare, and lifestyle of the individual pet. Vaccines need to be assessed on a yearly basis. A lapse in certain vaccinations can pose a safety risk not only to your pet and other pets but also to your family and anyone else who may handle your pet. For these reasons, please be advised that your pet must be vaccinated upon admission to the hospital for boarding and grooming if immunization has lapsed. Our vets would be happy to discuss the most current information on vaccination protocols with you, based on your pet’s individual situation.

Pet Vaccinations Etobicoke

Just because your pet “seems fine” does not always mean that he is healthy. Regular veterinary checkups and blood tests are very important. We are often able to detect disease early with Wellness Blood Screens. Early detection is important for disease control and ultimately longer and healthier lives for your pets. We have diagnosed a significant number of pets with early stages of diabetes, kidney, and liver disease with our Wellness blood Screen.

Dr. John Allen

Vaccines — how often and what for?

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I am Dr. Dawn Brown, one of the veterinarians at Royal York Animal Hospital. As one might imagine, the veterinarians here spend a lot of time discussing new break throughs and trends in veterinary medicine. No topic is more topical than vaccinations and immunity to disease and most clients have a few questions about our recommendations.

At Royal York Animal Hospital we believe it2012-04-15-20.31.09 is our primary responsibility to keep your pet as healthy as possible so we do recommend physical examinations and a vaccination assessment on an annual basis for both adult cats and dogs. For proper immunity Puppies and Kittens require a series of boosters optimally beginning at 8 weeks of age.

Vaccinations offer a high degree of protection against common disease. The veterinarians at Royal York Animal Hospital take the opportunity at a pet’s annual examination to discuss with each owner which vaccines are required on an individual pet basis. The decision is based on a balance among disease incidence in Etobicoke and Southern Ontario and the severity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and the health, welfare, and lifestyle of the individual pet. Vaccines and immunity levels should be assessed on a yearly basis. Both dogs and cats, by law, have to be up to date on their Rabies vaccine. A lapse in certain vaccinations can also pose a safety risk for the individual pet, to those involved in handling the pet, and also to the other pets. For these reasons, you may be advised that your pet must be vaccinated if your pet is coming into the hospital for boarding or grooming if immunization has lapsed. Our vets would be happy to discuss the most current information on individual disease and vaccination protocols with you, based on your pet’s individual lifestyle and needs.

 

Just becau2012-04-15-20.32.47se your pet ” seems fine” it does not always mean he is healthy. Regular check ups and blood tests are very 518924695important. We are able to detect disease early with Wellness Blood Screens. Early detection is important for disease control and ultimately longer and healthier lives for your pets. We have diagnosed a significant number of pets with early stages of diabetes, kidney, and liver disease with the Wellness Screen that we generally recommend yearly. Once your pet enters their mature years, for most pets this is at age 10, we recommend a complete physical examination twice yearly. We also highly recommend Wellness Blood screening yearly. Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pet.

Is your pet overdue for a checkup and/or vaccine assessment? Give us a call today!

Dr. Dawn Brown

416-231-9293

Vaccinations and Exams

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We believe it2012-04-15-20.31.09 is our primary responsibility to keep your pet as healthy as possible. We recommend physical examinations and a vaccination assessment on an annual basis for both adult cats and dogs. For proper immunity Puppies and Kittens require a series of boosters optimally beginning at 8 weeks of age.

Vaccinations offer a high degree of protection against common disease. The veterinarians at Royal York Animal Hospital use their expertise to determine which vaccines are required on an individual pet basis. The decision is based on a balance among disease incidence in Etobicoke and Southern Ontario and the severity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and the health, welfare, and lifestyle of the individual pet. Vaccines are to be assessed on a yearly basis. A lapse in certain vaccinations can also pose a safety risk to those involved in handling the pets, and to the other pets in the hospital. For these reasons, please be advised that your pet must be vaccinated on admission to the hospital if immunization has lapsed. Our vets would be happy to discuss the most current information on vaccination protocols with you, based on your pet’s individual situation.

 

Etobicoke Pet VaccinationsJust becau2012-04-15-20.32.47se your pet seems fine it does not mean he is healthy. Regular check ups and blood tests are very important. We are able to detect disease early with Wellness Blood Screens. Early detection is important for disease control and ultimately longer and healthier lives for your pets. We have diagnosed a significant number of pets with early stages of diabetes, kidney, and liver disease with the Wellness Screen that we generally recommend yearly. Once your pet enters their mature years, for most pets this is at age 10, we recommend a complete physical examination twice yearly. We also highly recommend Wellness Blood screening yearly. Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pet.

Update on Rabies in Ontario

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RABIES in ONTARIO

Rabies has become quite the topic in the news in recent months. The latest update from officials at the MNRF (the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) is that yet another case of rabies was diagnosed this week in the Hamilton region (see the link provided below). This brings the total to 116 cases of raccoon strain rabies and 2 cases of fox strain rabies cases since December 2015!!

Astounding…yes – not to mention a very eye-opening realization for pet owners across the province of Ontario and beyond.

To backtrack a bit, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a brief factsheet to help explain exactly what rabies is, and more importantly, to illustrate the reasons why it is imperative to keep our pets current on their immunization.

Rabies in Ontario

 

The facts…

  • Rabies is caused by a virus found in the saliva of infected animals
  • in Ontario the most common vectors for rabies transmission are bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons

Rabies in Ontario

  • it can infect other mammals
  • is transmitted via infected saliva (either by a bite or from contact with an open wound/exposed mucosal tissues i.e. lining of mouth/nose/membranes around the eyes)
  • once symptoms are present in an infected animal, the disease is fatal
  • affected animals generally fall into one of two main categories: paralytic/dumb rabies (paralysis/weakness, depression, isolating themselves) – and furious rabies (extreme aggression/agitation)

Rabies is a federally reportable disease in Canada.

At Royal York Animal Hospital, our AAHA Accreditation along with the fact that we’ve participated in additional voluntary training on Rabies Risk Assessment has prepared us well for the management of any possible human or animal exposure to this deadly virus.

Why vaccinate?…

Pet owners are legally required to ensure all pets over 3 months of age be vaccinated against rabies

  • vaccination protects your pet, other animals they interact with and also you and your family!

Rabies in Ontario

The recent resurgence of rabies cases is an excellent reminder to ensure that your pet is protected

….and YES….even your INDOOR cat should be up to date on their Rabies vaccines. Why? Among other reasons:

1.There have been several cases of indoor cats being bitten by infected Bats that have come in the house unexpectedly

2.Some indoor cats actually do “spend time on the porch or the backyard”

3. If your cat bites someone (think Veterinarian/groomer etc) then proof of current rabies vaccines is required by Ontario Public Health. If you do not have this then your kitty will need to be quarantined for several weeks.

4. Many cats lifestyles change over their lifetime — it is not uncommon for a kitten who has only know the condo life to move to a suburban house with young children – and an opportunity to escape out unattended doors and windows occasionally.

4. It is very common for an indoor cat to occasionally dart out an open door into the great outdoors.

It is your responsibility – and it is the law.

See the links below for more information.

Dr. Annelle Valentin

Royal York Animal Hospital, 4222 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario

416-231-9293 www.ryah.ca

Helpful links:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/ahw/rabies.htm#15

http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2016/04/articles/diseases/rabies/ontario-raccoon-rabies-update/

http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/virus.html

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=f1fc83cf89870410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=a5737729050f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Vaccinations and Exams

By |

We believe it2012-04-15-20.31.09 is our primary responsibility to keep your pet as healthy as possible. We recommend physical examinations and a vaccination assessment on an annual basis for both adult cats and dogs.  For proper immunity Puppies and Kittens require a series of boosters optimally beginning at 8 weeks of age.

Vaccinations offer a high degree of protection against common disease. The veterinarians at Royal York Animal Hospital use their expertise to determine which vaccines are required on an individual pet basis. The decision is based on a balance among disease incidence in Etobicoke and Southern Ontario and the severity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and the health, welfare, and lifestyle of the individual pet. Vaccines are to be assessed on a yearly basis. A lapse in certain vaccinations can also pose a safety risk to those involved in handling the pets, and to the other pets in the hospital. For these reasons, please be advised that your pet must be vaccinated on admission to the hospital if immunization has lapsed. Our vets would be happy to discuss the most current information on vaccination protocols with you, based on your pet’s individual situation.

 

Etobicoke Pet VaccinationsJust becau2012-04-15-20.32.47se your pet seems fine it does not mean he is healthy. Regular check ups and blood tests are very  important. We are able to detect disease early with Wellness Blood Screens. Early detection is important for disease control and ultimately longer and healthier lives for your pets. We have diagnosed a significant number of pets with early stages of diabetes, kidney, and liver disease with the Wellness Screen that we generally recommend yearly.  Once your pet enters their mature years, for most pets this is at age 10, we recommend a complete physical examination twice yearly. We also highly recommend Wellness Blood screening yearly. Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pet.

Wellness and Vaccination Programs

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We believe it is our primary responsibility to keep your pet as healthly as possible. We recommend physical examinations and vaccination assessment on an annual basis. Once your pet enters their mature years, for pets this is at age 7, we recommend a complete physical examination twice yearly. We also highly recommend Wellness Blood screening yearly. Our wellness and vaccination programs are designed to prevent diseases and prolong the lives of your pet.

Vaccinations offer a high degree of protection against common disease. Our veterinarians use their expertise to determine which vaccines are required on an individual pet basis. The decision is based on a balance among disease incidence and severity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and the health, welfare, and lifestyle of the individual pet. Vaccines are to be assessed on a yearly basis. A lapse in certain vaccinations can pose a safety risk to those involved in handling the pets, and to the other pets in the hospital. For these reasons, please be advised that your pet must be vaccinated on admission to the hospital if immunization has lapsed. Our veterinarians would be happy to discuss the most current information on vaccination protocols with you, based on your pet’s individual situation.

Just because your pet seems fine it does not mean he is healthy. Regular check ups and blood tests are very important. We are able to detect disease early with Wellness Blood Screens. Early detection is important for disease control and ultimately longer and healthier lives for your pets. We have diagnosed a significant number of pets with early stages of diabetes, kidney, and liver disease with the Wellness Screen that we generally recommend yearly.