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.
Your dog’s mother gave them puppy immunity from some diseases for the first few weeks of their life by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period, it’s up to you, with the help and advice of our veterinarians, to provide that protection.
Your new puppy needs a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect him/her from many dangerous diseases as their doggy immune system develops.
Standard vaccine protocol may be adjusted depending on the puppies age at initial vaccination, breed, and exposure risk. At eight weeks: Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvo, +/- corona. At 12 weeks: Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvo, +/- corona. At 16 weeks: parvo and rabies. In addition to the core schedule, Bordetella may be added, and Lyme and leptospirosis vaccines can be administered after 12 weeks of age.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
The vaccination of puppies (puppy shots) is one of the crucial steps in assuring that your puppy will have a healthy and happy puppyhood. Puppies are born with an immune system that is immature, so they are very susceptible to infection with common diseases. When puppies are not properly vaccinated, they are at risk of infection from life-threatening diseases that are easily prevented with proper and timely vaccination. As vaccines take time to build immunity and can be attenuated by maternal antibodies, we do recommend that young puppies be kept away from public areas and have limited exposure to only healthy, vaccinated dogs.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
All puppies receive a complete physical examination by our veterinarians before any vaccines are given. Handling your puppy’s ears/mouth/tail/paws and body will help him/her get used to being examined. Meeting new people will also prepare him/her for all of the new faces they will see. Please bring any paperwork, such as medical records from the breeder or rescue, so your veterinarian can include these in your dog’s file. Please feel free to discuss your puppy’s history and any questions you might have about feeding, medical issues, parasite treatment and prevention, and future care, such as microchipping, and spaying and neutering. It is also very important to remember to bring your puppy to the clinic on a leash or in a kennel to ensure his/her safety at all times.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Please call our hospital at 204-269-8162 to speak to one of our team members and discuss pricing.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday CLOSED
The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.
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 hospital. 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 physical 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 Centennial Animal Hospital