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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-544-7387. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital