Black dog getting a vacination

Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccinations for Puppies

Hooray! You are the proud new parent of an adorable puppy (or puppies, if you are extra fortunate). Here at AMC, we are pet parents just like you and we understand how exciting this time can be. With everything that you have to do as a new owner, we want to remind you about the importance of getting your new canine companion vaccinated, so that they can begin their life with you strong and protected against many harmful diseases. If you have any questions about puppy vaccines or any other aspect of your puppy’s health, please reach out to our team and we will be happy to assist you with your concerns.

Why is it important to vaccinate my puppy or my dog?

Vaccines produce an immune response to help protect your pet from diseases that they may come in contact with. If they are not protected they can become very ill. Although there are a set of vaccines called “core vaccines” that all dogs need such as the Rabies vaccine, not every dog needs the same protocol vaccine every year. This is why we develop an individual vaccine protocol to keep your pet healthy.

When should puppies get their first vaccines?

Although each patient is different, most puppies should get their first round of vaccines when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. After the first round of injections, booster shots and other vaccines are usually given again at 10 to 12 weeks, 16 to 18 weeks, and 12 to 16 months.

Vaccinations for Dogs

There is a common misconception that once your puppy completes their vaccines during puppyhood, they are set for life. The truth is, once they have grown up, dogs still need to get regularly vaccinated, although not as frequently as during their puppy years.

How often should an adult dog get vaccinated?

Each year, you should bring your canine companion to visit their doctor for their annual exam. At this time, a vaccine protocol and schedule will be discussed to see what vaccines your pet is due for. For example, the DHPP, influenza, leptospirosis, bordetella and Lyme disease are usually given once every 12 to 16 months. Others like rabies (which is required by law) can be given once every 2 to 3 years.

How much will it cost to vaccinate my dog?

Because each patient is different, and my require varying kinds of doses and medications depending on their unique situation, it is difficult to provide a general cost. We ask that you kindly call us for our latest service rates. During a consultation with your veterinarian, they will also be able to provide you with an accurate price estimate.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & 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 Animal Medical Centre