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.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital