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.
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.
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.
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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 policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 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 613-542-7337. 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 to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We accept credit card and debit card.
6. 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.
7. 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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic