Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

There’s nothing quite like the joy of welcoming a cute puppy into your home. You may already be seeing their unique personality developing. They may be shy and timid, or loud and rambunctious. Either way, all puppies need to be protected from the most common diseases that can harm them. The only way to do this is through vaccines. Our team is here to make sure your puppy gets all the injections they need so they can start their life on the right paw. Reach out to us at 905.885.8151 if you would like to learn more about our vaccination services here at Ganaraska Animal Clinic.

When should my puppy get their first vaccines?

In general, we recommend puppies get their first group of vaccines when they are 2-months-old and receive booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach the 4-month mark. It’s important to be vigilant and stay on top of this schedule to make sure the vaccines work efficiently. Smaller breeds cannot handle heavy doses as well, so they may need to come in more frequently as we stagger their shots. Vaccines are divided into two groups: core (mandatory) and non-core (optional, prescribed depending on lifestyle and environment). Below are the vaccines we give to all puppies:

  • Rabies (legally required)
  • Distemper
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Canine parvovirus

    Can my pet be around other animals before they are vaccinated?

    To be on the safer side, we suggest you keep your puppy from other animals until they complete their entire series of puppy vaccines (the 4-month mark). Even then, it is best to wait a couple of weeks before exposing them to other animals or the outside world. That being said, we know how important socialization is for puppies. For example, puppy training classes where the other students are clear of any contagious diseases are generally safe places for young dogs.

  • Last updated: Nov. 25, 2022

    Dear Clients,
    As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic