Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital