Vaccines for Puppies & Dogs

Vaccines are an effective way to protect your pet against harmful diseases.   

Vaccinations ensure your pet is protected against preventable diseases, which in some cases, could be life-threatening. Thanks to consistent vaccination efforts over the years, some health issues that were once detrimental to your pet's health pose little to no risk to them. Vaccination not only protects your pet but our entire community.

Which vaccines does my pet need?

Based on your pet's lifestyle, age and well-being, we'll recommend specific vaccinations. We strongly encourage getting your pet vaccinated with their core doses. Core vaccinations provide protection against a range of diseases and are recommended for all puppies and dogs. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on their area, risk of exposure, and lifestyle. We recommend that your pet get vaccinated against the following:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Leptospirosis

Do puppies receive immunity from their mothers?

Puppies are born with some immunity; however, this decreases throughout their first few weeks of life. Puppies are the most susceptible to disease when they're unvaccinated because their body is unable to build up immunity. Some vaccines provide full immunity against a disease, which means if your pet comes into contact with it, their immune system will completely fight off the disease. For other diseases, your pet will contract it, but the vaccine will reduce its severity. We recommend that puppies start getting vaccinated at around 6 weeks old. If you have questions about vaccinating your pet, please contact us at (416) 231-9293.

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