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.
At Oakbank Animal Hospital, we believe the best (and in many cases the most important) medicine is prevention. Due to underdeveloped immune systems, puppies are at the greatest risk of contracting a serious and sometimes deadly disease such as Canine Distemper or Parvovirus, both of which can be avoided with vaccines.
For puppies, we offer Canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus as our core “combo” vaccine as well as Rabies and Bordetella (kennel cough).
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
It is important to properly vaccinate your puppy to reduce the risk of contracting a potentially life-threatening disease. Due to their underdeveloped immune systems, puppies are more prone to contract a virus compared to an adult dog. Vaccinating too early, missing or significantly delaying a booster vaccine can impede your puppy’s ability to build the proper antibodies required to fight viruses.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
We recommend that puppies receive their first core vaccination at 8-weeks-old, followed by vaccine boosters at 12 and 16 weeks of age.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
Here at the Oakbank Animal Hospital, we strive to make your puppy’s first visit as stress-free as possible. The appointment will begin with a veterinary technician reviewing the basic husbandry and home care for your puppy with you. Next, a veterinarian will perform a physical exam to access your puppy’s overall health. This includes an examination of the eyes, ears, teeth and heart to check for any abnormalities. Our veterinary team has a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent resource for nutritional recommendations, parasite prevention and training recommendations. They will also educate you on your puppy’s growing needs as well as what to expect during the first year of your puppy’s life.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Please give us a call at 204.444.3615, and one of our team members will be happy to provide you with further information.
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.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 204-444-3615. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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.