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Puppy Vaccinations

Here at Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we believe that the vaccination of puppies is one of the most important steps in assuring the puppy will have a healthy and happy puppyhood. There are three core vaccines that are essential for dogs and puppies to have. The first of these is what is often referred to as the “distemper combination.” This combination vaccinates against distemper virus, adenovirus and parainfluenza virus. Then there is the Parvovirus vaccine and lastly, the rabies vaccine.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

DAPPV, rabies and bordetella.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

A newborn puppy gets some antibody protection from its mother’s milk. After that, they need help bringing their immunity levels up. That is where vaccines come in. They give the puppies the antibodies needed to keep deadly viruses like distemper and parvovirus away. Distemper and parvo are highly contagious and deadly, especially to puppies. Distemper is a viral disease that attacks several body systems including the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, the spinal cord and the brain. The parvovirus attacks the digestive system and the heart. There are no guaranteed cures, so you need to be pro-active and protect your puppy by vaccinating and following the vaccine schedule.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

We recommend the following vaccine schedule for puppies. At 8 weeks of age the first DAPPV vaccine is due, 12 weeks of age we would do the second DAPPV booster and bordetella, although we could do bordetella as early as 8 weeks of age or older. At 16 weeks of age, we would do the third DAPPV booster and rabies.

How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?

First of all, don’t be nervous! If you’re nervous, your puppy is nervous and we want the visit to be as low-stress as possible for all involved. A lot happens in your puppy’s first vet visit, including a full physical exam. It can be helpful to bring them in with an empty stomach and bring their favourite treats to keep them focused. Bring any paperwork you may have to give to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will want to see if any vaccines and/or dewormer has been given and when.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

It is dependent on your puppy and your lifestyle. Please call the clinic to discuss this further.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-432-7297. A team member will bring your pet inside and we will give you a call to go over the history. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations and some routine visits. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. For availability, please give us a call.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit card payments over the phone are available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital