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.
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.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm
4. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Briarwood Animal Hospital