Leash & Carrier Requirement:
For the protection and convenience for everyone in the hospital, all dogs must be on a leash and properly controlled while in the waiting area or exam rooms. All cats and other small pets must be presented in an appropriate carrier or on a leash. If you are unable to locate a carrier or leash, please ask a staff member about borrowing or purchasing one from clinic.
For the safety of all clients and staff, ALL leashes must be 6' or shorter.
No retractable leashes in clinic, please.
Rabies Vaccine Policy:
Ivor Veterinary Clinic requires all patients be up to date on their rabies vaccines to protect all people your pet encounters, you, our clients, other patients, and our staff. Even if we're only doing a toe nail trim, your pet must have proof of rabies vaccination for us to handle your pet. Further appointments will be scheduled after the initial rabies vaccination because vaccination is considered effective after 28 days.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Less commonly, rabies can be transmitted when saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with an open cut on the skin or the eyes, nose, or mouth of a person or animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.
Dogs and cats must have a valid rabies vaccine as required by Virginia law. If your vaccine was performed elsewhere, we require a rabies certificate or medical records from your previous veterinarian. A rabies tag is not considered legal proof of rabies; we require paperwork verification or verbal verification from the clinic that administered the vaccine.