Puppy getting a vaccination

Puppy Vaccinations

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

For puppies, DHPP vaccines should be given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age one year later, a booster of the vaccine is given, which is then good for four years.

Rabies as dictated by Canadian law: The first vaccine is given at 14 weeks of age or later than one year later a booster is given, which will then be good for three years.

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

8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.

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

At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, we believe very strongly that adequately planning and preparing for puppy and kittenhood is of the utmost importance. It is for this reason that with every new puppy or new kitten examination, they are scheduled for a one-hour consultation. It allows us the opportunity to give you the tools needed to make the experience of raising your new family addition a positive one.

Every new puppy and kitten that visits our hospital includes one of our puppy or kitten ‘kits,’ respectively. Within these kits are our own personal puppy and kitten manuals, with detailed documents including adjusting to the new home, how to manage play-biting, crate training (for puppies), basic training, behaviour and punishment, and much more! We’ve also included brochures with lots of useful information, such as a description of potentially necessary vaccines, pet insurance information, and emergency veterinary care. Of course, a puppy and kitten kit wouldn’t be complete without some fun and interactive toys!


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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital