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Puppy Vaccinations

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.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?


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.

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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre