Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Whether you are a new pet parent or a life-long guardian we warmly welcome you to this special “pup club”. There really is nothing quite like the joy that comes with holding or playing with a sweet puppy. Fun aside, it’s important to stay on top of your puppy’s healthcare regimen from the get-go. Ensuring they are properly immunized is a key step in keeping them healthy now and all throughout their lives. Vaccines are an easy way to protect your pet from the most common parasites and diseases that harm puppies and dogs. Simply call us at 403.239.4657 to find out more about our vaccination services for puppies and dogs.

When should puppies be vaccinated?

The general consensus among veterinary professionals is that puppies receive their first round of core vaccines at around 8-weeks-old. Then they should get booster injections every 4 weeks. Your pet’s “puppy” vaccines are usually completed by the time they are 6-months-old. Usually, you can expect your puppy to be immunized during their first ever visit to the vet.

What vaccines do puppies need?

As you may already know, vaccines are divided into two main groups: core or non-core vaccines. During this phase of life, your puppy will need to receive the mandatory (core) vaccines that protect them against the most common diseases that affect canines. These include the rabies, canine parvovirus, canine distemper and canine hepatitis vaccine injections.

Vaccinations for Dogs

Congratulations! Your puppy has fully grown into an adult dog with a personality all their own. We can’t express how much joy and pride this brings to our team. As they enter a new stage of life, we want to keep them protected and build on the immunity we established when they were puppies. Making sure they continue to be immunized is one of the easiest ways to keep them healthy in the years to come. Call us to learn more about which options will work best for your pet.

What vaccines do dogs need?

Your pet still needs to receive their core set of vaccines, particularly the rabies one as it is required by law. They will need to receive injections at least once every three years for these vaccines. Now, depending on your lifestyle, additional vaccines may be recommended by your veterinarian – these are the non-core vaccines that we mentioned previously. During your pet’s regular check-ups, we can assess which options will work best for their unique situation. For example, hunting or sporting dogs may need a different set of vaccines compared with dogs who spend most of their time indoors. Note: ALL dogs, no matter their lifestyle needs to be regularly immunized.


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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic