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.

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Puppy Vaccinations

Puppies typically get three sets of vaccines starting at approximately 8 weeks of age and then boostered every 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks old. These vaccines are often separated so that a large number of vaccines aren’t given in the same visit. Doing this further lowers the risk of any vaccine-related adverse reactions. All vaccines are boostered at one year old. Depending on the vaccine type, they will be required every year or every three years.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

8 weeks – Da2PP
12 weeks – Da2PP, Bordetella
16 weeks – Da2PP, Rabies
18 weeks – Leptospirosis/Lyme
20 weeks – Leptospirosis/Lyme

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

It is important to vaccinate your puppy to provide antibodies for them to protect from potentially fatal diseases.

At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?

Puppies should start their vaccine series at 8 weeks of age with DA2PPv. After this, they would need a booster and 12 and 16 weeks. At the 12 week mark, we would also include the Bordetella vaccine. At 16 weeks, we would consist of the first rabies vaccine. After the puppy series is complete, then your puppy would be due annually for a visit to our clinic for the respective vaccines that would be due. (See above in vaccine section for annual protocol).

How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?

We strive to make puppy visits as positive as possible. To prepare your puppy for these visits, you can get them used to being handled and having their ears, feet and abdomens touched.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

3. 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 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.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital