When puppies are born, they receive some immunity to common diseases from their mother’s natural and innate antibodies. However, as puppies develop, they begin to lose this acquired immunity to common diseases. Boosters of vaccines are a safe way to expose your pup to common diseases and are given to prime your puppy’s immune system. This way they can produce the antibodies needed to fend off exposure.
What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?
We recommend that new puppies receive vaccine boosters at 8, 12, and 16 weeks old. Some vaccines require multiple boosters such as DHPP and Lyme while others only need one injection.
- DHPP: Requires three injections — the first injection at 8 weeks of age, then a booster is required at 12 weeks of age, and again at 16 weeks of age.
- Bordetella: Only requires one injection and can be given after 8 weeks of age.
- Lyme: Requires two injections — the first injection at 12 weeks of age and the second booster at 16 weeks of age.
- Rabies: Only requires one injection to be given at 16 weeks of age.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Vaccines help to build long-term immunity to preventable, common diseases. Parvovirus is exceptionally resistant to breaking down in the environment and can be contracted anywhere. Unvaccinated dogs are at risk when there is increased contact with other dogs, whether it is at the dog park, boarding/obedience facilities or the groomers.
Rabies is a fatal disease that is carried by wildlife and will always be present in the environment. It is contractable through bites or scratches, and it is required by law to have your dog vaccinated for rabies.
Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks and is contracted when a tick feeds on a dog. If your dog is prone to bouncing through tall grass or exploring in the woods, this is a critical vaccine to get.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
We recommend starting vaccinations at 8 weeks of age.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
To prepare your puppy for their first veterinarian visit, you can start handling your puppy from head to toe. Giving positive attention and treats while massaging their ears, feet and around their mouths will significantly help your puppy get used to being touched in sensitive areas.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
For pricing, please contact the hospital, and we will be happy to provide you with a quote. Please note, a physical exam from a registered veterinarian is required by law in Manitoba before vaccinations can be given.