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.
Vaccines are important in strengthening your puppy’s immunity. They help to protect your pet against potentially serious and even fatal diseases. Vaccines protect your puppy from dangerous illnesses as their young doggy immune system develops. Vaccinating is the second set of immunity (the first being the mother’s colostrum) in their young lives. Some diseases are can also be transmitted to humans. Getting your puppy vaccinated can help everyone in the family to live long healthy lives.
Puppies should start their vaccine series at 8 weeks of age. During the first vaccine visit, they will receive a full physical exam and if deemed healthy will receive their first Distemper combination vaccine. This vaccine gives the puppy their first immunity against Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus, and Parainfluenza. They will also need booster vaccines at 12 and 16 weeks. At the 12-week booster, the puppy receives a booster of Distemper combo and a Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine. At 16 weeks we will give the final Distemper combo booster and the Rabies vaccine. These vaccines are time sensitive and should maintain the schedule of every four weeks.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
Puppies receive their first vaccine at 8 weeks of age and also require booster vaccination 3-4 weeks apart from each other. The puppy will need to return at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. After all the puppy series vaccines are complete, dogs should come in annually for a full physical exam with the Veterinarian and get the proper vaccine boosters that are required.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
To prepare your puppy for their first vaccination visit, they need to get used to being touched all over. You can help by giving your pet a self-examination. It will also give you the opportunity to familiarize you with what is and isn’t normal for your pet. Feeling over your puppies’ toes, legs and ears, looking at their teeth and patting their belly should be part of your routine. Getting them used to wearing a collar and a leash is also a good idea- as a safety to all pets, they are required to be on a leash while in the waiting room. If you have to drive to the animal hospital, get them familiar to car rides. Start with short rides in the beginning and make them fun for your puppy. A lot of pets suffer from motion sickness, so we want to make their first visit with us a pleasant one.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 902-477-4040. 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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 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. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 Spryfield Animal Hospital