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.
When vaccinating puppies, the goal is to prime their naive immune system, so it can produce appropriate antibodies and neutralize infectious agents, preventing disease. This requires a series of vaccines, generally at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.
We offer vaccinations to protect against rabies, parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, Bordetella, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease. Of course, we split these up and schedule them accordingly, so we do not overwhelm the immune system.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
It is important to properly vaccinate all puppies because many of these diseases can be fatal or cause serious consequences. Vaccinating your puppy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your puppy healthy.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
Vaccinations need to be given within specific time frames to be effective. Puppies receive initial vaccines at eight weeks old (which is old enough to ensure that their mother’s antibodies don’t interfere) and then boosters at 12 and 16 weeks of age, to ensure that the protection lasts a full year.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
We want your puppy’s first visit to be especially pleasant, so make sure you have your new addition on a leash and collar, and maybe even bring some treats to reward them with. Don’t forget to bring a stool sample to check for parasites and remember what food(s) you are feeding so we can discuss that too. Any questions that you may have between now and the appointment, write them down and bring them too. Every question is an important one. If you would like a tour of our facility, just let us know in advance so we can schedule your appointment length accordingly.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
We have one fixed cost per visit for exam and puppy vaccines, which includes almost all vaccines your new pup should need.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 905-664-4888. 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital