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.
The puppy vaccination program consists of a series of three appointments, 3-4 weeks apart. The reason it is set up this way is to ensure proper immune stimulation proactively before disease processes have a chance to infect. Puppy vaccination program is ideally done at ages 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks for the best immunity.
We recommend that all puppies be vaccinated with “core vaccines” (DAPP or Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza). Depending on your lifestyle, the Bordetella (Kennel cough vaccine) is generally offered at the second puppy vaccine appointment. Once your puppy is old enough, we recommend the rabies vaccine.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
Puppies receive passive immunity from their mother, however, it is important to ensure that this immunity is strengthened to prevent infection. This is accomplished by ensuring that your puppy completes the series of the three vaccine appointments.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
The puppy vaccination schedule typically begins at 8 weeks of age. Vaccinations done prior to 8 weeks of age may not be effective depending on how well the puppy’s immune system has developed. If a puppy is vaccinated prior to 8 weeks of age, your veterinarian may opt to disregard earlier vaccines. The next puppy vaccine is done 3-4 weeks later.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Puppies may be nervous for their first visit to the veterinarian, for this reason, it may be best for you to carry your puppy into the clinic. Your puppy will have a full nose to tail exam at each and every vaccination appointment and this includes looking in the eyes, ears, mouth, as well as all over physical contact. It is a great idea for you to start playing with your puppy’s feet, laying him or her on their side and touching their face to help get them used to and be comfortable with these sensations. There is never a shortage of treats at our clinic, however, if your puppy has a favourite treat please bring some along with you.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Your dog’s lifestyle will dictate which vaccines they will receive. We will discuss different options (such as the Bordetella, or kennel cough vaccine as well as parasite prevention) that will impact the cost of the visit. Please call us for more information on pricing.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital