Vaccinations for Dogs and Puppies
Vaccinations are important for your pet’s overall health and are also the basis of preventive veterinary medicine. Young or old, your pets will benefit from a regular vaccination protocol that protects them from potentially dangerous diseases.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for puppies and dogs?
The core DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) and Rabies vaccines are considered essential. We can also add Lyme disease, Leptospirosis and Bordetella (aka kennel cough) depending on your pet’s lifestyle.
At what age should my puppy be vaccinated?
Your young puppy has what we call an immature immune system, so he needs a series of vaccinations to help build up adequate protection. We start vaccinating puppies once a month when they are 6 to 8 weeks of age until they are 16 weeks old.
How often does a dog need to be vaccinated?
Adult dogs are vaccinated annually for Lyme disease, Leptospirosis and Bordetella. The core DHPP and Rabies vaccines are given every 3 years.
Why is it important to have my dog vaccinated?
Your puppy is particularly vulnerable to these diseases because of his young age. Vaccination is an essential tool to protect your pet from several serious and potentially fatal diseases. Please note that vaccinations are mandatory if you want to board your dog or travel with your pet. What’s more, most municipalities require that all domestic animals be vaccinated against rabies.
How do I prepare my puppy for its first series of vaccinations?
It’s important to make your puppy’s first visit to the vet enjoyable. We recommend positive reinforcement with treats. Hunger is an asset during a first visit because your pet will be more receptive to our treats making this a positive experience. Make sure that your puppy is comfortable in the car and accepts being handled and manipulated. For example, at home you can get him used to having his ears, mouth and paws touched by rewarding him with treats.