Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
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.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital