Puppy Vaccinations

Ideally taking place at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, booster vaccinations are crucial in assuring your puppy will have a healthy and happy start in life. Every veterinarian will have a preferred protocol for vaccinating puppies, in addition, protocols change because of new research.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

Here are at North Town Veterinary Hospital, our first puppy consult consist of a full head to toe examination by one of our veterinarians, core vaccines (DAPP), complimentary nail trim, and a question and answer session with one of our veterinary technicians. We will also provide you with a puppy kit to take home.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

Vaccines are what we use to force the body to create an immune reaction and antibodies to a particular disease. This trigger of the immune system helps prevent future infection, should the animal come in contact with that disease. It is generally recommended to start vaccinating puppies at the age of 8-weeks-old. While they do get some antibodies from their mother’s milk, it doesn’t protect them for very long, this is why we start vaccines at 8 weeks of age, which helps to compensate. Puppies require a series of vaccines because it is difficult to tell exactly when the mother’s antibodies cease to be effective. This way we prevent there from being a large period of time where they aren’t protected at all. Vaccines are often combined to make it less stressful on your pet. For smaller breeds, we sometimes split the vaccines 1 week apart. If you are starting off late, you will still need to booster the vaccines, which means to get another vaccination of the same type 3 to 4 weeks later.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

8 Week (1st set) -DHPP
12 Week (2nd set) – DHPP, discretionary leptospirosis, discretionary bordatella, discretionary Lyme
16 Week (3rd set) — DHPP, rabies, discretionary leptospirosis, discretionary bordatella, discretionary Lyme.

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

Yay, you got a new puppy! Now it is time to get him or her to the veterinarian for vaccines. How do you prepare? Firstly, make sure the timing is right. Puppies should have their first vaccines at about 8-weeks-old, but many breeders, rescues and shelters provide the first vaccine for you. You should have a health record that you were given with the puppy, which should tell you if this has been done. If so, get ready for the 12-week boosters! Secondly, educate yourself. What does DHPP stand for? Why is deworming recommended for all puppies? Why are the bordetella (kennel cough) and leptosporosis vaccines recommended, but not required? That way, you can be more knowledgeable and involved in your puppy’s veterinary visit, and know what questions to ask. And speaking of questions, get them ready. Write down any concerns you might have with a new puppy. We can answer anything from why he may be itchy, to how to get house training down pat, and how to stop her from chewing everything in sight! Our veterinarians and veterinary technicians can help get you started on the right foot with your new family member!

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Core vaccines include a full physical exam, a complimentary nail trim, DHPP, and when it is time to administer, rabies. Based on the history and lifestyle of your new puppy, your doctor may recommend bordatella (often heard as kennel cough), and leptospirosis vaccines for an additional fee per vaccine. Please feel free to contact us at any time and we will be happy to assist you in creating a vaccine schedule for your pet, as well as a quote for your visit.


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.