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.
Vaccinations are a key component in keeping your puppy healthy as they grow. The first set of vaccinations should occur between 6-8 weeks of age, as the natural immunity the puppy has received from his/her mother starts to wane. Booster vaccinations are required every 3-4 weeks, until at least 14 weeks of age. We will advise you which vaccinations we recommend based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors.
Vaccines that we offer include Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough), Leptospirosis, Lyme, Rabies, and Canine Influenza. Not every vaccine is recommended for every puppy, and we have a discussion with every pet owner about the lifestyle and risks for their pet. Rabies vaccine should be administered at 16 weeks of age. Ontario legislation requires all pets to have the Rabies vaccine. You will be provided with a Rabies certificate and tag.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
A puppy’s immune system is not as strong as an adult’s, and puppies are naive to many of the harmful contagious canine diseases. Puppies do receive some natural immunity from their mother, but this starts to decline by the time you bring them home.
At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?
Puppies need their first set of vaccinations at 6 to 8-weeks-old. Re-vaccination is then required every 3-4 weeks, until 14-20 weeks of age. We will advise you which vaccinations we recommend based on your pet’s lifestyle.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Congratulations on your new pet! For the first vaccine visit, bring in any paperwork that you brought home with your puppy. A fresh fecal sample is recommended to screen for common intestinal parasites. This sample can be brought in for testing in a poop bag or a clean container. Make a list of any questions or concerns you may have. Take a picture of your puppy’s current diet so that we can assist in feeding guidelines for your growing puppy.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Vaccines can vary in price based on age, lifestyle and risk factors.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital