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.

Why Should I Vaccinate My Dog for “Kennel Cough?”

For most dog owners, the name kennel cough is very misleading. It suggests that kennel cough or Bordetella tracheobronchitis only affects dogs in kennels. While this is true because there is a high population of immunocompromised dogs in that environment, this illness does not discriminate environments or potentially affected dogs. A bacteria known as Bordetella Bronchseptica causes bordetella tracheobronchitis. The bacteria affects the respiratory and reproductive tract.

It is highly contagious and transmitted via direct contact with mucosal secretions and by inhaling airborne particles. It is why it is a tricky illness because your dog can contract kennel cough anywhere, just like a cold. It may occur by going for a walk and greeting another dog that may not even know they are affected yet. If that is not reason enough, if you are also a cat owner, your feline friend can contract kennel cough from your dog, too!

Most dogs will exhibit signs of kennel cough through a sudden, harsh cough as well as unproductive retching. They may also have runny nasal discharge. If this occurs, it is best to take a visit to the vet.

This illness does not discriminate and is very transmissible to any dog, any time, any place. Luckily, kennel cough can be vaccinated against and can make having social interactions with other dogs safer, happier and more fun for the whole family!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 905.853.4706.

Written by: Laura Fiorini, ACA

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

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 Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 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, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

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.

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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital