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Pet Vaccination


Some pets have illnesses that run in their family and some get exposed to infections, and they need vaccinations to fight them off. At Amherst Veterinary Hospital, we provide pet vaccination in Scarborough and the surrounding area. Whether you’re a cat or dog owner, keeping their vaccinations up-to-date are important. It’s time to protect them against diseases to ensure they live a healthy, happy life. Some of the illnesses that require vaccination include:


Distemper is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease. Vomiting, fever, coughing, discharge from eyes and nose and diarrhea are some of the first signs of canine/feline distemper. If infected, it could cause convulsions, paralysis and even death in the final stages. Please visit Amherst Veterinary Hospital right away if you suspect your pet has been infected by the virus. Make sure you protect your kitten or puppy against distemper.

Canine Parvovirus

The canine parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious viral illness that mostly affects dogs. It can cause intestinal problems, which is characterized by severe weight loss, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting. It could also cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks. The incidence of canine parvovirus can be reduced by early vaccination in young puppies. Get your dog vaccinated for canine parvovirus at our clinic.


Prevent your dog from having liver failure and vaccinate them against hepatitis at Amherst Veterinary Hospital. Early cases of hepatitis are characterized by lethargy. It can cause symptoms such as fever, inflammation of tonsils and vomiting


Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies as soon as it is 3 months old and should be kept up-to-date for its entire life. There’s no treatment available for rabies and it is fatal so make sure your dog or cat is protected. If let unvaccinated, they can spread it to you. Vaccination for rabies is required by municipal law and for travel outside Canada.

Some vaccines are only necessary in certain situations, such as:


If leukemia runs your pet’s family or goes outside, it is an essential vaccine for your pet. Before the vaccination, our veterinarian will want to know about your pet’s family history. Feline leukemia is a virus that attacks the immune system and leaves your cat vulnerable to infections. If your cat is infected, he/she could die within 3 years of infection. The infection can transmit through contact with other cat or when your cat is allowed to roam outdoors.

Canine Bordetella

If your pet is regularly at grooming facilities, parks or day care, the bordetella vaccine is a must in order to protect your pet from the hacking cough and snotty nose. The large number of dogs in one area can cause this highly contagious disease in your pet. To prevent canine bordetella, bring your pet to the clinic every 6 to 12 months for the shots.

Lyme Disease

Vaccination for Lyme disease will protect your animal from harmful ticks and will prevent you from catching it from them. If you take your pet to parks that are tick-infested, they can get infected. Prevent your pet from Lyme disease by getting them vaccinated at Amherst Veterinary Hospital.


Leptospirosis is a dangerous bacterial infection that can cause severe health problems for your dog. It spreads through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. Symptoms include fever, increased urination, vomiting, abdominal pain, cough, bloody stool and paralysis.Ask our veterinarian if this vaccine right for your dog.




Come visit us our veterinarians at Amherst Veterinary Hospital to discuss about pet’s lifestyle and create a tailored vaccination schedule. Shield your furry friends against fatal diseases by getting them vaccinated. Contact us to know more or schedule an appointment.

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