We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Vaccinations are important to overall canine health. They are designed to prepare the patient’s immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Ideally, puppies should be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age so they can build an appropriate immune system.
We offer Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Rabies as our core vaccines. Bordetella and Lyme vaccines are also available.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Young puppies are at a much higher risk of catching serious illnesses; therefore, it is important to vaccinate them as early as possible to protect them.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
Puppies should have their first series of vaccinations done at 6-8 weeks of age. The vaccines given during their first series need to be boosted every 4 weeks thereafter until they are fully vaccinated at 14-16 weeks of age.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
Try and schedule their first visit at a time of day that the hospital is not too busy. This will limit interactions with other pets and help your puppy stay healthy. Puppies are susceptible to diseases from other pets when they are not fully vaccinated. Bring their favourite treat with you as well to make their visit a positive one!
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
For pricing, please contact the hospital, and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.
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 Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital