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.
Vaccinating your puppy is the first step in providing preventative care to your pet. Vaccination triggers the immune system to produce its first line of defence against harmful organisms. This is generally done through a series of vaccines and boosters following a schedule.
We offer a combination of core vaccines (Distemper, Adenovirus2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus), which is accompanied by two boosters and a third of Parvovirus only. Rabies vaccine can be given at 12 weeks and older and is boostered in a year. Bordetella (kennel cough) can be given at 8 weeks of age and older and is boostered in a year.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Your puppies’ vaccines are an important step in developing a strong immune system. Vaccines kick-start your puppies’ immune system by developing antibodies against various diseases and organisms. This is the first exposure they get when their mom’s colostrum wears off.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
Vaccines are recommended to begin at 8 weeks of age. They require multiple boosters 3-4 weeks apart in a four-part series.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
This can be a very exciting and overwhelming time for your puppy. Please bring your new friend in on a leash and have treats ready to encourage positive behaviour. Don’t forget to bring any previous records that you may have from breeders or other veterinarians.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Animal Medical Centre North