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A small brown puppy gets vaccinated.

Puppy Vaccinations

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.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?


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.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North