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.

Puppy Vaccinations

Puppies are especially vulnerable to disease because they have weaker immune systems, which means they aren’t able to respond to infection quickly enough to avoid getting sick. Their response to vaccines isn’t as strong as in adult dogs, so they require a series of vaccines to bring their immunity up to a level that will keep them reasonably safe from infection. These vaccines are usually given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks old.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

At 8 weeks, we will start the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus combination. At 12 weeks, the vaccine is boostered and Leptospirosis is started. At 16 weeks, the puppy receives their final DAP/Leptospirosis vaccine booster and their Rabies vaccine. The Bordetella and Lyme vaccines can be started at 12 weeks of age if appropriate.

At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?

Puppies receive some immune cells through their mother’s milk that protect them from disease while they’re very young (these are called ‘maternal antibodies’), but this immunity only lasts a few weeks, after which they are vulnerable to infection. While these antibodies are present, they will immediately respond to the viruses and bacteria of any vaccine before the puppy’s immune system can react, making the vaccine ineffective. This is why we recommend starting vaccines at 8 weeks of age – by this time, the last maternal antibodies have gone, and we can immediately begin stimulating the puppy’s immune system to kickstart their protection against infection.

How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?

Your puppy’s first visit to the hospital is significant because it sets the mood for how your dog will feel about seeing the veterinarian for the rest of its life! If possible, bring your puppy in a few days before your first appointment for a quick visit. At this time, our staff can shower them with treats and affection so that they have a good first impression of this strange new place. We also invite you to bring any paperwork your puppy may have, so that we can add it to their record and review it before your first vaccination appointment. It will also help us determine what they need.

We recommend bringing a sample of your dog’s feces in a clean container or bag to your vaccine appointment. We will send it to the lab to test for intestinal worms (these are common in young dogs). You can also bring their favourite treats or toy to keep them comfortable.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Vaccines are reasonably priced, and the total cost will depend on which vaccines your puppy needs.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 613.443.5459. 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.

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 Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital