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Puppy Vaccinations

Vaccinating is a very effective method to prevent certain communicable diseases in your pet. These diseases, such as parvovirus, are serious threats to unvaccinated puppies and can be life-threatening and expensive to treat. Vaccinating your puppy drastically reduces the risk of contracting these diseases and also reduces the chance that they will pass these diseases onto other puppies.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

For new puppies, we vaccinate for distemper, parvo and hepatitis at 8 weeks and again at 12 weeks. Rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks then a booster Rabies vaccine is given 1 year later.

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

Puppies have passive immunity that is delivered to them through the placenta and their mother’s milk. This passive immunity lasts for approximately 6-8 weeks, after which their inexperienced immune system is left to its own devices. For vaccines to be most effective, a proper protocol must be followed.

At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?

Your puppy’s first vaccine should be given at 8 weeks of age, then again at 12 weeks. At 16 weeks, a Rabies vaccine is given.

How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?

Bring your puppy’s favourite toy along with some tasty treats and any questions you may have! Ideally, you should try to stay home with your pet to monitor them for a few hours after your appointment.

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