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Puppy Vaccinations

The puppy vaccination program consists of a series of 3 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.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

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 3 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 dogs 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.

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