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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccinations for Puppies

Oh happy day! As pet owners ourselves, we look back at our times with our puppies with so much joy. It’s such a fun time to get to know your new canine friend and see them grow into their personalities. Aside from making sure that your puppy has enough food, toys and that your home is a safe place for them to stay, getting them vaccinated is on the checklist of every responsible pet owner. Call us at 902.863.3157 to learn more about your puppy’s vaccination needs and to schedule their next wellness appointment.

When should puppies get their first vaccination?

Although each pet is different and may require a different dosing schedule, your veterinarian will likely recommend that your pup receives their first vaccination at 8, 12 and 16-weeks-old. We understand that life is busy and these initial visits may be overwhelming for you, but once your pet has completed their initial set of vaccines they will be well on their way to good health.

Why is it important to vaccinate my puppy?

At this stage of their lives, your puppy’s immune system is still weak and underdeveloped, similar to that of a human baby. They need extra protection from health conditions that can not only harm them, but also you and other members of your household as many diseases can be passed on from pets to humans.

What vaccines does a puppy need?

In the veterinary world, we divide vaccines into two main groups: core and non-core. All puppies need to receive their core vaccines (e.g. DHP and rabies) while non-core vaccines are optional and may be recommended by your puppy’s veterinarian depending on their unique health needs and lifestyle. Shots that protect your puppy against canine influenza virus, Lyme disease and leptospirosis are some of the most common types of non-core vaccines.


Vaccines for Dogs

Where did the time go?! You now have your hands full with a fully grown adult dog. Aside from getting lots of exercises, eating healthy foods, as well as love and attention from your family, vaccines play a key role in your dog’s overall wellbeing. Dogs and other adult pets still need to get regular vaccines all throughout their lives. Call us at 902.863.3157 to learn about your adult dog’s vaccination needs, and to schedule their next appointment. (Regular check-ups are also important to keep them strong and healthy!)

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

As a full-range practice, our team here at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic can provide our canine patients with all of their core and non-core vaccines. We can help you decide which vaccine will work best for your pet throughout all stages of their lives and as your routine develops. For instance, if your puppy grows into a hunting dog, they will need specific kinds of vaccines for added protection, as they will be exposed to more harmful parasites and environments than furry friends who spend most of their time indoors.

Examples of Core Vaccines we provide: Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus. Examples of Non-Core Vaccines we provide: Parainfluenza, Bordetella, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis and Canine Influenza.

Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?

Yes. Although each dog is different, most veterinary practices like ours follow a general guideline when it comes to the dosing schedule. During regular check-ups, your veterinarian will be able to decide which frequency will work best for your furry friend. For example, the Rabies vaccine is usually given once every 3 years during adult age.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 

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 Antigonish Veterinary Clinic