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Puppy Vaccinations

The immunizations your puppy receives during his/her first few months of life are the most important vaccines your dog will ever receive. Typically, puppies will initially receive three sets of boosters at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. These immunizations prime their immune system to create an effective response to the infectious diseases they may encounter throughout their lives and are the building blocks of the future. Even if your new puppy has arrived with its first set of immunizations, we always recommend a “post-purchase” exam be performed (including a stool parasite screen) once you bring them home, to ensure they are healthy and get them started off on the right foot for a long a healthy life as your faithful companion.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

Typical immunizations offered to new puppies are distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parvo, parainfluenza, Bordetella (a kennel cough), leptospirosis and rabies.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

It is very important to properly vaccinate your puppy as the series of 3 immunizations (each one month apart) are what will help to protect your puppy from contracting potentially life-threatening infectious diseases and set them up for a lifetime of good health.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

Here at College Manor we recommend all new puppies have three sets of immunizations. Most puppies we see at the clinic for their first visit are 12 weeks of age. They will typically already have been examined by a veterinarian and had at least 1 set of vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age protecting them from distemper, adenovirus, parvo, and parainfluenza (aka DAPP or distemper combination). At their 12-week visit, we will give them another complete physical exam, re-immunize them with that same DAPP combination but also add in the leptospirosis vaccine as well as Bordetella (aka a kennel cough). Approximately three to four weeks at 15-16 weeks of age, we will ask you to bring your puppy back for their final puppy “booster” which is what we like to call their “big boy or big girl” visit. This is their last visit to the doctor for their third and final physical exam, distemper combination, leptospirosis booster and we will also give them their rabies vaccine at this time. We now consider this puppy fully immunized until this same time next year when we will booster their rabies and leptospirosis and discuss any of the other immunizations that may be appropriate at that time given their age and lifestyle.

How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?

One of the most important things to remember for your first puppy visit is to bring any previous medical history you may have been given from wherever your puppy was acquired whether it be a breeder, neighbour or shelter. This will help us to know what has already been done and what remains to be taken care of and formulate a plan with you moving forward for the care of your new addition. Another helpful trick is to bring your puppy a little bit hungry. This allows us to offer lots of treats as rewards and make those first few visits memorable in the eyes of your new puppy and develop a wonderful lasting rapport for many years to come. Lastly, for any trip to the veterinarian, we would always recommend you have your puppy on a secure collar and leash and bring in a fresh stool sample to send out to the lab to check your puppy for any intestinal parasites.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Each visit to College Manor Veterinary Hospital is a unique experience, as no one pet is like another. Every visit and immunization we give here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital is based upon the individual needs of that patient at that time. If you call the clinic at 905-853-4706 one of our wonderful receptionists would be happy to provide you with the basic fees for each visit and then we would discuss and fine tune the needs for your specific puppy dependent on your consultation with the veterinarian.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

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 - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital