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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccines for Puppies

Vaccines play a major role in your pet’s health are the simplest, safest and most effective way to prevent a number of diseases and illnesses. Vaccines work by stimulating the animal’s immune system to recognize and react when the animal layer is exposed to a disease organism. The defence of a vaccine does gradually decline over time. We recommend continued immunity with regular boosters. Please call us to schedule your puppy’s checkup, so that we can get them started on the path to good health!

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

Core vaccines like DHP and Rabies are always given. For others like Lepto, Lyme and Bordetella, your veterinarian will discuss the right protection for your pet. The vaccines chosen are dependent on lifestyle and risk.

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

Vaccines provide the best protection from illness and disease that can be picked up from the environment around them or from other animals.

At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?

We start a series of vaccines at your pet’s pediatric examinations and continue through their adult years. If your pet’s vaccine history is unknown, we will tailor a schedule, individual to your pet’s needs and lifestyle. Puppies are usually given a series of vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.

How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?

Puppies will do just about anything for treats and praise! As you walk into the building, be sure to offer both. If your puppy is nervous then go slow and please let us know upon your arrival!

Vaccines for Dogs

Vaccines are meant to protect your dog lifelong from various diseases and illnesses. They are broken into two categories. The ‘core’ vaccines are those that are must-have (including the rabies vaccine, which is mandated by law) while ‘non-core’ vaccines are optional. By calling us or scheduling an appointment, we can recommend which vaccines are right for your pet. It is vital that your canine friend continues to receive their vaccines in order to keep them protected from preventable diseases all their life.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

  • DHP, a CORE vaccine. It prevents canine distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis.
  • Rabies, a CORE vaccine. It is required by law.
  • Bordetella (parainfluenza or kennel cough), a NON-CORE vaccine. This is recommended for dogs who spend
    any time at  boarding or grooming facilities.
  • Leptospirosis, a NON-CORE vaccine. It is recommended for dogs who are exposed to standing water like
    ponds, creeks and  swamps.
  • Lyme Disease, a NON- CORE vaccine. This is recommended for dogs who are exposed to wooded areas, tall
    grass, bush or  rural areas.

Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?

Adult dogs should be vaccinated every 1 to 3 years. Vaccine protocols can vary from patient to patient. Factors include age, lifestyle and location, species and sometimes even breed. Due to a pet’s individual needs and requirements, your veterinarian may modify the vaccine schedule.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?

Statistics show that on average vaccinated dogs live longer healthier lives. Our veterinary team follows the recommended vaccine protocol and therefore gives our patients the gold standard of care. We educate our owners so they too can understand that prevention is better than intervention!

Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

5. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Gillies Grove Animal Hospital