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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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
Clients are now able to enter the hospital with their pets for their appointments. We ask that clients wait in the reception area while the doctor and their assistant perform the exam in the designated exam room. After the appointment, the doctor will come out and talk to the client in the waiting area.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Debit will be accepted if needed.
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 are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.
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!