Yorkshire Terrier puppy receiving a vaccination shot

Puppy Vaccinations

Starting your puppy off on the right foot sets them up for a lifetime of success. A thorough and timely vaccination schedule is an integral part of their life long health. Additionally, with each puppy visit, there is a complete physical exam as well as time spent on key areas that are important in their overall development such as parasite control, behaviour, grooming, oral health and nutrition.

We typically follow a 3-visit plan beginning at 8 weeks of age with 3-4 weeks between visits. Puppies may receive one or multiple vaccines at each visit depending on age and vaccines needed. Remember that each pet is unique, and we look to tailor our plans to the pet. We believe that puppy vaccinations should not begin before 8 weeks of age to avoid the vaccines competing with existing maternal antibodies.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

We can vaccinate for Distemper/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza, Bordetella (aka Kennel Cough), Rabies, Leptospirosis and Lyme Disease. Your pet may need some or all of these vaccines. Together, you and your vet will determine the best vaccine schedule and plan for your pup.

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

Puppy vaccinations should begin at 8 weeks of age with booster vaccines occurring at 3-4 week intervals after the initial visit.

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?

We want your puppy’s visit to be a success for everyone involved. A great way to prepare is to have a carrier at home that your pup is used to so that it is not something new or scary for them. Being in a carrier that smells of the home offers security and stability for your pet. Ask us for tips on how to get your pet used to their carrier.

Be sure to call ahead to schedule your appointment, and let us know it is their first vet visit! When possible, provide us with your puppy’s medical history ahead of time by dropping it off or emailing it in. If this is not possible, please bring any medical records and/or medications you have with you on your visit.

When you arrive, we will get more detailed information from you about your puppy.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

During your puppy’s physical exam, your vet will help you decide what vaccinations they will benefit from. This will determine the cost. We are happy to review all fees before treatments are provided.


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Last updated: April 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


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 Avon Animal Hospital