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 goal with vaccinations is to activate a puppy’s immune system with vaccine exposure before they are introduced to the illness with no immunity. The typical schedule for puppy vaccinations is at 8, 12 and 16 weeks old.
The first vaccination your new puppy will receive is DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza) one of their core vaccinations. They will often get this with the breeder at or before 8 weeks of age. This particular vaccine will be boostered again at their 12 week visit and 16 week visit.
In addition to the DA2PP vaccine, your puppy can receive its Lyme, leptospirosis and Bordetella vaccines at their 12 week appointment if that is what you and the veterinarian decide. Their Rabies vaccine can be given at their 16 week appointment.[/answer]
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Vaccination is the easiest way to protect your new puppy from preventable diseases. It strengthens their immunity, so they do not get sick if they are exposed to a particular illness.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
Ideally, the puppy will receive vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
Play with your puppy’s feet, ears, tail, and their mouths often. Get them used to having all of those places touched, so it isn’t brand new to them when the veterinarian does it. Doing this throughout your puppy’s life will also help make vet visits, nail trimming, ear cleaning and general grooming much easier as they grow!
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 902.826.9344. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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 Sunday: 9:00 am - 7:00 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.
5. Credit card and debit card payments are a preferred method for contactless payments.
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 Tantallon Veterinary Hospital