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.
Our doctors are passionate about taking a preventive approach when it comes to canine health. With proper diets, regular check-ups and vaccines. We can help prevent many health problems this way and ensure a long healthy life for your dog. Routine vaccines for puppies typically start at 8 weeks old, with boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. Depending on the risk factors, some will need boosters at 19 weeks and 22 weeks as well.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
It is important to vaccinate your puppy to build his/her immune system. Puppies are very susceptible to common diseases such as parvovirus, rabies, distemper etc. With an immature immune system, they are at a high risk for these diseases, some of which can be fatal. Our protocol is to vaccinate appropriately to boost the immune system to ward off these diseases. Our veterinarians will assess your dog’s risk factors and suggest a personalized vaccine schedule for your puppy.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
Puppies should start vaccinations at 8 weeks of age. These vaccines are followed by boosters at 12, and 16 weeks depending on the vaccines and risks of each puppy. Some vaccinations will require visits at 19 and 22 weeks of age as well.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Preparing your puppy for the first vaccinations is pretty simple. Puppies are very resilient to the poke of a needle, and often don’t even know it has happened. You can bring along some of your puppy’s favourite treat or kibble to use as a distraction. Staying calm and positive will ensure your puppy has a positive experience at the vet and will continue to enjoy his/her visits. Lots of praise and “good dog” goes a long way in making vet visits something for them to look forward too. Having the puppy fasted and hungry will ensure he/ she is focused more on the food than the needle and make for a more positive memory.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
The cost of puppy vaccinations varies depending on your puppy’s lifestyle risk factors. The best way to get an estimated cost on your puppy’s vaccine series is to consult with one of our knowledgeable veterinarians about what is best for your pup.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic