A great start in your puppy’s life involves being properly vaccinated to keep them safe from transmittable diseases. Aside from their health, preventative vaccination can save you on the expense and heartbreak of going through hospitalized treatment. We will work with you to determine which vaccinations are needed depending on your pet’s lifestyle.
What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?
We offer a complete range of core & non-core vaccines for your puppy. Core vaccines are considered to be those necessary for all dogs and include the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus combination as well as Rabies. Non-core vaccines are those which are optional depending on where they might go, where you live, or what activities your puppy might be participating in. Puppies will need a series of 2 to 3 visits with us to complete their vaccine series in which a repeat vaccination is given typically 4 weeks after the previous one. For smaller puppies, we offer the opportunity to split the vaccines between two closely scheduled visits to avoid too many needles at one time!
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
Puppies will have some, but minimal, immunity from their mothers. This, however, doesn’t last and multiple diseases in the environment can make your puppy sick or worse. Proper vaccination can keep your pet happy and healthy thereby avoiding hospital stays away from the family.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
A typical schedule for puppy vaccinations is at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, however, some puppies will come with their first vaccination. At that point, their next vaccination should be 4 weeks after the previous one until they have had a series of 3 total vaccination visits. The rabies vaccination is typically given at the final puppy visit and can’t be given before 14 weeks of age (if your puppy is on a 6, 10, 14-week schedule).
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Your puppy’s first visit is extremely important for setting up their lifelong social experience visiting their veterinarian. We want it to be a fun, friendly, and low-stress experience for them. Some tips we have are to bring your vaccination history in a few days before your appointment and decide what they will get that day as this can decrease your wait time, bring them in on a leash, and let them come hungry so we can spoil them with treats!
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Vaccinations are reasonably priced and are always given after an exam to ensure your puppy is healthy enough to receive them. The physical exam is a necessary part of your pet’s health before vaccination, and many problems can be discovered during this visit. Please call us to review what your puppy is due for, and we can give you an estimate over the phone.