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.


Dog Vaccinations

We can provide your pet with any necessary vaccines (required by law) and suggest optimal vaccines based on individual lifestyle, exposure and geography. Vaccines are an important part of protecting your dog against preventable diseases, as well as a preventing transmission to other animals or people. Vaccines are an effective, relatively low-cost option for patients to avoid potentially costly treatments and ensure a healthy, safe and happy pet.

We offer Core Vaccines such as:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (given together in combination)

Other options for vaccinations include:

  • Leptospirosis- a risk in Spring and Fall, mostly from drinking out of puddles contaminated with skunk or raccoon urine
  • Bordetella- the kennel cough vaccine for dogs in shows, puppy classes, boarding
  • Lyme- for dogs with potential tick exposure

Please discuss with your veterinarian potential for travel or other activities, so that we can best tailor your pet’s vaccine protocol to your needs and lifestyle.

What types of vaccinations does your offer for adult dogs?

Core vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (all given together as a single needle)

Also seasonal Vaccinations

  • Late summer to early fall: Leptospirosis
  • 1.5 to 3 weeks before kenneling: Bordetella
  • Tick season (late spring to fall): Lyme Disease

We also have available a number of other specific vaccinations (Giardia etc.). These vaccines may be required by certain dogs in certain situations. Please let your veterinarian know if you have any special interests such as canoe camping with your dog, or other outdoor sports or travel to exotic climes so that we can better tailor your pet’s vaccine protocol to your needs and lifestyle.

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

At Centretown, we try to minimize the number of vaccines while maximizing protection against disease. After the initial base of puppy vaccines and a booster a year later, we aim to use vaccines lasting 3 years. Some still remain annual vaccines, please check with your veterinarian as to what your dog requires.

Please note: although the vaccines that Centretown Vet uses are designed to last three years, most vaccinations previously administered to your pet were designed to only last 1 year and will not cover three-year protection. In order for the three-year vaccines to be effective, the dog must have had a basic series and an annual booster initially before the three-year regimen can be used safely.


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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 Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.

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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital