Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Right from an early age, it is important to take an active role in your puppy’s health care. Here at the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we are here to provide you with the information and care your puppy requires to grow up healthy. Vaccinating your puppy is the first step in preventative health care that you can provide for your puppy. Upon each visit for vaccines, the doctor will do a full physical exam to ensure that your puppy is healthy and able to be vaccinated safely.
Puppies, like adult dogs, require a couple of different vaccines. However, the intervals between vaccines are altered to allow your puppy to develop a strong immune response properly. Ideally, the distemper/parvo combo vaccine is administered at 8 weeks, with booster vaccines given at both 12 and 16 weeks of age. Bordetella can be given upon your first visit with your puppy at 8 weeks of age while rabies can be given starting at 16 weeks of age.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Young animals such as puppies are particularly susceptible to diseases or infection due to a less developed immune system. Vaccinations help bolster your young dog’s immune system at an early age so that it has the proper defence mechanisms to fight back against diseases.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
At Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we always try and make your puppy’s visit a positive one. We are always grateful when clients bring previous medical records or vaccination histories to help us carry out the right decisions when administering vaccines.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre