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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Congratulations! A new puppy is an exciting time. It’s important to give that little one the protection they need to explore their new world! We start the first wellness visit with immunization at 8 weeks and continue every 3 to 4 weeks until they’re completely vaccinated and protected. Please call us to schedule your puppy’s checkup, so we can get them started on the path to good health! Call us at 902.543.5602 for more details about our vaccination services here at South Shore.

When should my puppy get their first vaccines?

Puppies typically get their first round of vaccines when they are weaned between 6 to 8-weeks-old. After the first round of shots, puppies will need to get injections every 2 to 4 weeks until they are about 4-months-old.

Are vaccines safe for puppies and dogs?

Absolutely. These injections have been tested and proven to protect pets from the most common diseases that affect their specific breed. Some side effects can be experienced by patients but they are minor and short-lasting (e.g., nausea, fatigue, vomiting, redness on the injection site).

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

1. DHP, a CORE vaccine. It prevents canine distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis.
2. Rabies, a CORE vaccine.
3. Bordetella (parainfluenza or kennel cough), a NON-CORE vaccine. This is recommended for dogs who spend any time at boarding or grooming facilities.
4. Leptospirosis, a NON-CORE vaccine. It is recommended for dogs who are exposed to standing water like ponds, creeks and swamps.
5. Lyme Disease, a NON- CORE vaccine. This is recommended for dogs who are exposed to wooded areas, tall grass, bush or rural areas.

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