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

Puppies get a series of 3 sets of vaccinations at approximately 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Puppies receive maternal antibodies from their mother through nursing that may inhibit the effectiveness of the vaccine, therefore boosting the vaccine at multiple intervals will prime the immune system and overcome this issue.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

We give the same vaccinations we use in our adult dogs to puppies. These include distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza, rabies, leptospirosis and bordetella.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

It is important to vaccinate your puppy because it’s immune system is immature and they can become very sick from these diseases. As well, we are often exposing our puppies to many new experiences to allow for proper socialization and these include new places, people and other animals. This increased exposure may put them more at risk of contracting any of these viruses.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

The vaccinations given depend on the age of the puppy. An 8-week-old puppy would just receive it’s DAPP vaccine only. At 12 weeks, we would repeat the DAPP vaccine and may also give leptospirosis and/or bordetella. At 16 weeks, your puppy would be given DAPP, Rabies, and a leptospirosis booster if given previously.

How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?

Bring your puppy for its first vaccination visit when they are healthy with no medical concerns. Treats are a great idea to help your puppy feel comfortable at the clinic, as you want them to have a positive experience there. Bringing a stool sample is also recommended to check for intestinal parasites.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Please contact us to receive a quote for vaccinating your puppy, as it may vary depending on which vaccinations are required.

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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 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 416-752-5114. 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, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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.

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital