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.

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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Avon Animal Hospital