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.
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.
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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic