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.
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.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.466.2543. 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, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.
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. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic