Vaccination for Dogs and Puppies

Dogs and puppies need to be vaccinated so they can have adequate protection against harmful diseases. Our animal health team can advise you on the best vaccines for your dog.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for puppies and dogs?

The core vaccine DHPP is for dogs of all ages. It protects against four serious diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza virus. You can also have your dog vaccinated against rabies, Lyme disease, kennel cough (Bordetella) and Leptospirosis.

We can advise you on which vaccines your pet should get based on lifestyle, based on questions such as:

  • Do you board your pet or bring them to the dog park?
  • Does your pet travel with you?
  • Does your pet play in wooded areas?
  • In streams or puddles?
  • Etc.

Is the rabies vaccine mandatory in Québec?

Vaccination against rabies is not currently mandatory across Québec. The requirement varies depending on the municipality, but we strongly recommend vaccinating your pet against rabies, as it is a deadly virus that can even be transmitted to humans (zoonosis).

Why does my puppy need more than one shot?

Younger dogs have more delicate health than adult dogs. Their immune systems are still developing and antibodies that pass through their mother’s milk only protect them in the first weeks of their lives. For optimal protection, puppies need to be vaccinated at six to eight weeks of age. They will then need another two to four shots one month apart.

How often will my pet need booster shots once they’ve reached adulthood?

Adult dogs need annual vaccinations to protect against Lyme disease, Bordetella and Leptospirosis.

Core vaccinations and the rabies vaccination should be repeated every three years.

If your pet has never been vaccinated against these diseases, it’s never too late for them to receive their first shots! Speak to our team and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you.

Do you have any tips on how to prep for my puppy’s first vaccinations?

As soon as you bring your puppy home, you should start desensitizing them to being touched. Gently touch the mouth, ears and paws, just as a veterinarian will do during the puppy’s first checkup. Use your puppy’s favourite treats as a reward. Get them used to being in a car. If you’d like to start getting your puppy familiar with the clinic, you’re also more than welcome to stop by for a visit. Bring treats and act in a calm and reassuring way to show your pet there’s nothing to fear.


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