Vaccines for Puppies & Dogs

Vaccinating your puppy in their first few weeks sets them up for a lifetime of protection.

Vaccinating helps teach your puppy or dog’s body how to react if it comes in contact with a disease. Without vaccines, particularly in the early stages of life, puppies face a higher risk of contracting various harmful diseases. Early vaccination significantly enhances their protection against such illnesses.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines prepare your canine’s immune system to fight against disease if they come into contact with it. After they’re vaccinated, the immune system can recognize the virus and activate antibodies to protect itself. The immune system is either able to completely fight against the disease to stop an infection or lessen the impact it could have on the body. Vaccinations for puppies and dogs are typically administered based on a vaccination schedule, which ensures their body can effectively build up an immune system response against a disease. If they miss a dosage or booster vaccine, their body’s ability to fight against a disease weakens. If you have questions about vaccines, please contact us at 613-384-0986.

How are vaccines administered?

Depending on the vaccination, they could be administered under the skin or into the muscle. We do our best to ensure your puppy or dog is as relaxed as possible, so the process is quick and painless. The number of vaccines your dog or puppy will need depends on their age and lifestyle. Puppies typically need more frequent vaccines, starting at four to six weeks old. Adult dogs need a booster every one to three years. Some core (essential) and non-core (lifestyle-based) vaccines they could need include:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Lyme disease
  • Bordetella
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