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.

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Puppy Vaccinations

Very young puppies are susceptible to infectious disease because their immune systems are not yet fully mature. They receive protection through antibodies in their mother’s milk, but the protection is not long-lasting, and there may be gaps in protection as the milk antibodies decrease and their immune system is still maturing.

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

To provide optimal protection against disease in the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled usually 3-4 weeks apart starting at 8 weeks of age. In some cases, the vaccine schedule may be adjusted based on the age, size and exposure risk.

We vaccinate your puppy as follows:
8 weeks of age: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvo, +/- Corona.
12 weeks of age: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvo.
16 weeks of age: Parvo and Rabies.

Additionally, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme vaccines can be administered as early as 12 weeks. Lyme vaccine requires a booster dose in 3-4 weeks.

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

Puppy vaccinations should be administered on a veterinarian-recommended schedule, and none in the core series should be skipped. Puppy vaccines are given in a recommended order to prevent diseases that can be deadly to puppies or cause significant illness. Maternal antibodies disappear by the age of 14 to 16 weeks, and the reason for the veterinarian recommended schedule is to give the puppy protection for each disease as the maternal antibodies weaken and disappear.

At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?

It’s best to get your puppy examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible. During that exam, your veterinarian will look at your puppy’s medical and vaccination history. If the breeder or shelter has recently vaccinated your puppy, a schedule for follow-up vaccinations will be made based on your puppy’s particular needs.

How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?

Your puppy will have a full physical examination before any vaccines are given. To prepare for the exam, touching your puppy’s paws, ears, mouth, and tail can be helpful for him/her get used to being examined. Please bring any paperwork or medical records from the shelter or breeder along with you to the appointment. Your veterinarian will include these in your puppy’s file. If you have any questions or concerns about your puppy’s health, feeding routine, parasite prevention and treatment or spaying and neutering, feel free to let your veterinarian know at the time of your visit. It is also very important to remember to bring your puppy to the clinic on a leash or in a kennel to make sure they are safe at all times.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Please call our clinic at 204.489.9111 to speak to one of our team members and discuss pricing.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive for your appointment of food/prescription pick up, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204-489-9111. We will provide you with further instructions.

2. We are still scheduling all types of appointments but are prioritizing those for urgent or sick pets.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car. 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.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Catrysse Veterinary Services