Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
When puppies are born, they become immune to some diseases after they suckle the first milk or ‘colostrum’ from their mothers. This protection lasts only 8-10 weeks. Vaccines are started for puppies at 6-8 weeks of age, so they can develop their own protection against disease, as the ‘maternal’ protection wears out. A second vaccination at 12 weeks and a third at 16 weeks, ensure puppies have as complete protection as possible.
All puppies start with the first booster of core vaccines. The second booster is a repeat of the core vaccines and at that time, a leptospirosis and bordetella vaccine are given (if required). The final vaccine is again a core vaccine, plus a rabies vaccine and the second leptospirosis vaccine.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
The protection a puppy gets from his or her mother lasts only 8-10 weeks. If puppies do not develop their own antibodies (which fight disease), they are at risk of contracting serious, life-threatening and expensive diseases.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
A puppy’s first booster is given when they are 6-8 weeks old. The second booster is given 4 weeks, later when they are 10-12 weeks, with the final booster given at 14-16 weeks of age.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Collecting all the medical information that is available for your puppy, such as any vaccines already given and including any medications which have been administered, will benefit your health care team to provide the best possible medical care and advice. Please bring a fresh poop sample, (about the size of a sugar cube), to your initial visit, so that we can check for internal parasites, and also let us know what type of food your puppy is eating, and how much a day.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905.857.5057. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital