We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy Vaccinations

Vaccines help prevent many illnesses that can affect your pet. It is very important to ensure your puppy gets the right protection on board at the right time. Puppies should go through a series of boosters that help ensure the proper level of antibodies to keep them protected to ward off potentially life-threatening diseases. Our veterinarian team at Hillcrest will discuss with you about your puppy’s specific needs and will put together a vaccination series that best suits their lifestyle to allow them to live a long and healthy life.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

Puppies should go through a series of boosters ideally starting at 8 weeks with follow up boosters at 12 and 16 weeks to ensure proper immunity has been achieved to keep your puppy protected. Vaccines included are a distemper/parvovirus and adenovirus vaccine series, leptospirosis, Bordetella and a rabies vaccine.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

It is important to properly vaccinate your puppy to ensure they have the appropriate level of immunity to reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening diseases.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

Puppies are routinely vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Our veterinarians can discuss with you your individual puppies’ needs and create a schedule that will best work for them.

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

Bringing your puppy in for the first time should be an enjoyable experience. Bringing along a favourite toy or blanket may help them feel more comfortable. We recommend that you bring along a fresh fecal sample and any previous paperwork you may have on your pet. Our veterinarian will be glad to answer any questions you may have and will get your puppy started on the right track for a long and healthy life.


What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital