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

Vaccinating your new puppy is highly recommended to help the immune system fight against unwanted diseases such as Rabies, Parvovirus and Distemper. A regular schedule is recommended at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Schedule of vaccinations can vary between each patient, so be sure to ask our team what the best schedule is best for you and your new puppy!

What vaccinations do you provide to new puppies?

The vaccinations your puppy will receive are dependent on age and where they are in their booster series. At 8 weeks of age, your puppy will receive the first booster of Distemper, Adenovirus and Parvovirus. A second and third booster is recommended at 12 and 16 weeks of age. They will also receive their first Rabies vaccination between 12 and 16 weeks of age.

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

It is very important to vaccinate your puppy to provide the immune system with the defence to fight against diseases such as Rabies, Parvovirus and Adenovirus.

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

Your new puppy should get their first vaccination at 8 weeks of age, then followed up with a second booster at 12 weeks and the third booster at 16 weeks.

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

Your first visit with your new puppy will generally have a lot of information provided to you. We give out a puppy kit at your first visit. We highly recommend bringing a list of questions that you may have. We are also available by phone or email to answer any questions that may arise after your visit. If your new puppy has already received the first vaccination, we highly recommend bringing any previous records to your appointment.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

For more information, kindly give us a call at one of our three locations, and one of our team members will be happy to assist you!


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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519.360.4508. 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.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.

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 D.M.S Group Veterinary Team