Vaccination Programs and Risk Assessment

At Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Kitchener, we have developed our vaccination programs to prevent certain diseases and help prolong the healthy lives of our patients.  

The vaccination programs at our veterinary clinic are tailored to each individual pet. In order to tailor the vaccine program to the needs of the individual, we talk to the pet’s human family members so that we can do a risk assessment of the pet’s lifestyle.

For example, the vaccination program and schedule that we would recommend for a cat that is totally indoors is quite different than the vaccination program for a dog that plays with other dogs at the dog park, or that meets wildlife out in the fields.

Timely and appropriate vaccinations prevent serious disease problems with our patients, and help improve their quality of life. Prevention of a disease from occurring is always less costly than dealing with full-blown disease. One clear example of the difference is with parvovirus disease in dogs. Treatment of a case of parvovirus in a puppy costs anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on it’s severity. Prevention of parvovirus through properly-timed vaccinations will cost significantly less than this.

Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all dogs and cats in our municipality. Although the number of cases of rabies in Ontario has declined significantly over the past few decades, the disease still persists in the wildlife population and our pets are at risk of contracting the disease from skunks, foxes, bats and other animals. If a pet has potentially been exposed to rabies, or has bitten a human, it will be required to be quarantined for a variable length of time, depending on when it was last vaccinated. Rabies is fatal to animals once they develop symptoms. 

For more information on our vaccination programs at Blue Cross Animal Hospital, please contact the clinic by telephone. If you would like more information on specific diseases, you can search our website under the Educational Articles Section of the Pet Health Tab (http://bcahkitchener.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/).