Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

When you start your dog on their first set of vaccinations, that’s a big deal! They’re taking their first step towards long term protection from diseases. We offer a variety of vaccines to help them avoid rabies, parvovirus, canine influenza and Lyme disease. We want you and your puppy to have years of carefree fun to look forward to, and that’s difficult to do if they’re not safe from fatal infections. Call us at 902.794.7387 to schedule their vaccinations as soon as possible.

How soon can I get my dog vaccinated?

Your puppy can get their first set of vaccines when they are 6 to 12-weeks-old. They’ll continue to get a series of vaccinations until they are 3 to 4-months-old. Afterwards, our veterinarians may suggest getting them a booster shot once a year. This will be one of many preventative routines you and your dog will follow. If you have additional questions, speak with your veterinarian about how often your dog should be vaccinated.

Are all vaccines necessary?

No. There are two different types of vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines protect pets from common diseases, such as rabies and canine distemper. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on a pet’s environment and lifestyle. They can shield your pet from Lyme disease and canine influenza. Without the proper set of vaccinations, your dog may not be allowed to stay overnight at kennels or veterinarians’ offices following surgery. Core vaccines are necessary to prevent dogs from contracting and spreading fatal infections to their pet community.

Are vaccines safe for pets?

Yes! The vaccines administered are regularly given to dogs all over Canada to ensure their immune system is strong. Not to mention, we’re members of a large veterinary community that keeps our doctors up-to-date on new medication. If there are any concerns, we are alerted and adjust our medical routine accordingly. There are rarely any side effects to vaccines. They may appear tired and feel soreness but these are common responses to vaccines, as their immune system is learning to combat the disease.

Last updated: December 8, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    *We are closed daily between 1:00pm – 2:00pm.


    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 Northside Animal Hospital