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.
Congratulations on your new puppy! The first few months of your pup’s life are some of the most important and impressionable ones. Your puppy’s immune system is still developing, which makes them more susceptible to illness than adult dogs. Vaccinating your pup is vital in protecting them from potential diseases. Puppies begin their vaccination schedule at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Vaccines are boostered at one year and then every one to three years, depending on the vaccine given.
The core vaccines recommended for puppies are Rabies and DA2PP (distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza). Based on the lifestyle of your puppy, we may also recommend vaccinating against Bordetella (aka kennel cough), Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Young pets are at a much higher risk of contracting diseases, due to their weak immune system. Vaccinating your puppy will help to give them the protection they need during this critical time of development.
At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?
We recommended beginning your puppy’s vaccination schedule at 8 weeks of age. If your puppy has already been vaccinated prior to visiting us, we will continue on with the vaccination protocol based on your puppy’s vaccine history provided.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
We want your puppy’s first visit with us to be a positive one! Bring along your pup’s favourite treats and toys, anything to make them feel comfortable. We also welcome you to visit us prior to your appointment, to get your pup familiar with the hospital and 4 Paws team. Don’t forget to bring along any health records to your first visit.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
5. 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital