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.

Puppy Vaccination

Puppy Vaccinations

Congratulations on your new family member!

Over the first few months of his/her life, we hope your puppy will visit Annex Animal Hospital often. During these visits, we aim to establish a strong foundation for their future health and a great relationship for you and your puppy with our wonderful caring team. Each visit will include a thorough physical examination, age-appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition, weight and behaviour counselling. You may request your veterinarian of choice for each visit. These visits are the perfect opportunity to ask the veterinarian for any advice or help that you may require with your new puppy. Of course, if you have any questions outside of appointment times, please call us and we will be very happy to help.

What’s the vaccination schedule for puppies?

Each puppy will receive the core vaccines which include:

  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2)
  • Canine Parainfluenza
  • Canine Parvovirus

After the age of 14 weeks, puppies will receive a Rabies vaccine and a Bordetella oral vaccine (Canine Cough).

Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?

We administer multiple boosters for two reasons: 1. Each puppy receives a different level of protection from its mother. 2. Each successive booster strengthens the immune response. It is very important to follow the vaccine schedule recommended by your veterinarian to ensure adequate immunization. Canine Cough is an extremely infectious disease that is easily spread between dogs. Any puppy visiting the park, a boarding or daycare facility, or training classes is at risk of exposure to disease. After 14 weeks, a Rabies vaccine is required. Rabies is a disease fatal to both animals and humans. It is commonly carried by mammals such as skunks, foxes, raccoons, bats and coyotes, all of which are prevalent in Toronto. The Toronto city by-law requires all pets to be vaccinated against Rabies. We strongly advise that you avoid walking your puppy in high dog traffic areas until after the third Parvovirus vaccine. If you wish to enroll in puppy training classes, be sure to select a facility that requires proof of vaccination for all puppies in attendance.

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

We recommend starting the vaccine series at 8 weeks of age. Successive visits for booster vaccines are done at 12 and 16 weeks of age. However, if your puppy receives a vaccine from the breeder at an earlier age, we will make all the necessary adjustments to your puppy’s vaccination schedule.

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

We want your puppy’s first visit to be a super fun and positive experience. For the first visit, there are lots of details to review for your new puppy and we will answer all your questions. It is also helpful if you can provide us with the brand of the diet your puppy is currently consuming. We will add all this information to the medical record. We also request that you collect a small fecal sample from your new puppy so that we can test for intestinal parasites. This is strongly recommended even if your puppy has received a dewormer medication. Some parasites are more difficult to treat than others and also reinfection can occur amongst puppies. It is also helpful if you can provide us with any records from the adoption or purchase of your new puppy.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

When you book your puppy’s first visit with the veterinarian, we can provide you with an estimate of the costs for the first few visits. This first visit takes a little longer and we allow some extra time so that the doctor can get to know you and answer all your questions about caring for your new family member. A new puppy will generally need to see the veterinarian every 3 to 4 weeks for check-ups, parasite tests, deworming and booster vaccines.


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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 Friday, April 3, 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 416-537-3128. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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.

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 dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital