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.
Vaccines are incredibly important to the overall health of your puppy. You want to be able to integrate your new pup into your life without worrying about illnesses or viruses. Mother dogs transfer some of their immunity against disease through their milk, but once puppies stop nursing, that immunity boost slowly wanes. We need to teach the immune system of puppies to protect the body against disease, through these puppy vaccinations. We will usually start vaccinations for puppies at 8-weeks-old (usually the time a puppy is weaned) and then give them boosters between weeks 12 and 16.
The vaccinations available for puppies are the same as are available for adult dogs. There are vaccinations for distemper parvo and adenovirus, bordetella, rabies, leptospirosis and Lyme disease.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
Your puppy is brand new to the world and its immune system is still developing. Vaccines are important to prevent illnesses that may seriously harm or even cause the death of a young animal. For example, parvovirus is a serious illness that can often be fatal in young animals but can be prevented through vaccination.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
Puppies are given some immune protection from their mother’s milk. When the puppy is weaned and no longer exposed to its mother’s milk, it becomes vulnerable to illnesses in its environment. A puppy vaccine schedule is designed to pick up where the mother’s immunity leaves off. Most puppies are weaned by 8 weeks and that is when they should have their first visit to the veterinarian’s office. These first vaccines need to be boostered within 4 weeks, so the puppy’s immune system can “learn” which bacteria or viruses are a potential threat and develop protection against them. Boosters at 12 and 16 weeks of age are required.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
We want your puppies visits to be as fun and happy as possible, so the veterinarian’s office is designed to be welcoming. If possible, bring your puppy in a day or two before its first appointment, so our staff can say hello and offer pets and treats to get them comfortable with the environment. A visit that is pure fun can go a long way towards making your puppy feel comfortable. On the day of your appointment, bring some special treats or a toy your puppy likes to offer during the exam. Please be sure your puppy is on a leash when you visit the veterinarian’s office, as there may be other dogs present who may not find your puppy as cute as the rest of us do.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
The cost of vaccinations can vary depending on the age of your puppy, how many boosters it requires, and its future lifestyle with you. We recommend contacting your veterinarian’s office to inquire about the potential costs for your individual animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
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!