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.
Your new puppy needs a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect him/her from many dangerous diseases as his immune system develops (matures). This gives your puppy the BEST possible start in Life!
We vaccinate new puppies with the same core vaccine as adult dogs. Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. They just need to be given three doses of this vaccine, one month apart for three months. Depending on their expected lifestyle, Bordetella (kennel cough) will be given if warranted and Rabies we usually administer at their final vaccine appointment.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Puppies are born with some immunity from their mother. This protection can end between 4-8 weeks and varies for each pup. This is why puppies receive the appropriate immune response required to create their protection, known as antibodies. It is very important to complete the three series vaccine protocol and to keep them away from public places until their immunity is in place.
At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?
Most breeders and rescues will vaccinate puppies with their first vaccines between 6-8 weeks of age. This vaccine needs the second booster four weeks later, then a 3rd booster four weeks after that. The final vaccine appointment will usually include Rabies too.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Try to remain calm! This is not a big deal for them, but they will feed off our emotions, so if you are anxious they may be too! We try to make this a positive experience for them with lots of cuddles, treats, and often a tour for them to meet everyone and help socialize them. The doctors will give them a look over, and if they get the clean bill of health, they are often unknowingly vaccinated while enjoying some treats.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Price will vary based on a number of factors, like age, gender and size. Please call for prices for whatever vaccines your dog needs and we can quote you over the phone.
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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic