Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Having a vaccination plan for your pet can make sure they stay protected from diseases. When you create a vaccination plan with your veterinarian you learn what vaccines are mandatory for your pet and which ones may be essential for their specific case. We encourage you to reach out to us to learn more.

What are core and non-core vaccines for puppies/dogs?

Core vaccines are essential for all pets and non-core are necessary for specific pets. Core vaccines protect puppies and dogs from common medical problems that can cause serious health issues. Core vaccines for your dog include: canine distemper, rabies, parainfluenza and hepatitis.

Non-core vaccines are recommended based on the lifestyle and surroundings. Not all pets are exposed to the same bacteria, parasites and diseases, which is why these vaccines are classified as pet-specific. Non-core vaccines include bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme disease.

When should my puppy/dog be vaccinated?

Your puppy should start their vaccines around 8-weeks-old. These shots continue until they are 16-months-old. After this, they receive booster shots once they have completed the puppy round of vaccines.

Are there side effects after my puppy/dog is vaccinated?

Your pet may experience short-term side effects from their vaccines. The reaction is nothing to be concerned about as they typically clear up after 48 hours.

Last updated: July 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the latest provincial guidelines for veterinary practices, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We are allowing 1 client per household to accompany the pet to their appointment.
  • Face masks are only required in the exam room and must be worn properly.
  • Continue to socially distance when interacting with others.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS 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.


    Clearview Dog & Cat Hospital:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    East Hill Dog & Cat Hospital:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

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

    - Your dedicated team at Clearview/East Hill Dog & Cat Hospital