Yorkie Puppy Receives a Vaccination Shot

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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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



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


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team