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.
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.
In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:
a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.
b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.
c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.
d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.
e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).
f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.
g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.
If you prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.
In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.
If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.
If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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!
- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital