Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

As a pet owner you protect your pet from preventable disease and illnesses by getting them vaccinated. Vaccinations are the first step in perpetuating good health in dogs. Having your pets vaccinated not only protects your pet, but this ensures the safety of everyone else in the household. At our clinic we provide both core vaccines (required by law) and non-core vaccines to puppies and dogs. To discuss your dog’s vaccinations with a veterinarian call us at 519.641.8383.

What are core and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines must be given to every dog. The law requires that dogs receive these vaccines because of the severity of the diseases they may develop without the shot. Core vaccines are also essential because of how easily the diseases can spread to other animals and humans. Non-core vaccines are needed based on your pet’s exposure risks. Non-core vaccines also protect against serious diseases but not all pets are exposed to them.

What diseases is my dog protected from when vaccinated?

1. Lyme disease. This disease is transmitted to dogs and humans through ticks. Ticks are generally found in high grass areas and heavily wooded places. The symptoms include arthritis and even death.
2. Canine Hepatitis. Dogs contract this disease when they come in contact with saliva, urine or feces.
3. Canine Distemper. This disease is very contagious and spreads through the eye and nose discharge. Dogs suffering from this disease will often have fever, coughing, diarrhea and vomiting.
4. Rabies. There is no cure for this disease, it affects the nervous system of animals and humans. Rabies is spread through saliva of infected animals when they bite other animals or humans.
5. Canine Parvovirus. This is a contagious disease that is spread through contact with feces. Dogs with this disease will have symptoms of high fever, vomiting, drowsiness and diarrhea.

When should my puppy or dog be vaccinated?

A puppy should begin their first round of vaccinations between 6-8 weeks old. These vaccinations should be done every three weeks until they are 4-months-old. Adult dogs should get their booster shots at least once per year. Booster shots are given based on how long each shot is effective for. Our team will recommend a vaccination schedule for your pet, which must be adhered to. If too much time passes between each shot, your pet may have to redo the series again.

Last updated: September 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, 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!


  • Continue our "closed exam room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will let you know when you will be able to enter the reception area. Once the doctor is ready to examine your pet we will have a staff member bring them into the exam room. The Veterinarian will come speak with you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, please remain in the designated seating area until the receptionist is ready to take your payment.
  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. 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.

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

    - The team at Komoka-Kilworth Animal Clinic