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.
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.
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.
Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital