Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

At Southglen Veterinary Hospital we recognize how necessary it is for your canine friends to be vaccinated. Vaccines are required for your puppies and dogs to ward off diseases. Without vaccinations, your pet may be vulnerable to rabies, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and influenza. Some of these illnesses can even spread to other pets or humans in the household.

What is the difference between core and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines are required by law and are deemed essential. This is because of the high risk of disease transmission to other pets and sometimes humans if the vaccines are not given. Core vaccines include:

  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Canine Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis (DHPP).
    Non-core vaccines are not essential for every pet. The need for these vaccines is dependent on your individual pet’s environment or lifestyle. If your pet has a higher risk of exposure, your veterinarian may recommend these vaccinations for your pet. Some non-core vaccines include:

  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza
    Our team can help you determine if your pet needs non-core vaccines. We encourage you to schedule your pet’s vaccinations at 204-452-0077.

    When should my puppy or dog be vaccinated?

    Puppies should be vaccinated between 6 to 8 weeks old. The vaccinations should continue every three weeks until they are 4 months old.

    For adult dogs, our hospital only begins booster shots when your pet has completed the last round of puppy shots. Our veterinarians may recommend boosting the vaccinations your pet received.

    How long do vaccines last in my pet?

    Some of the vaccines your pet receives are effective for up to one year. Rabies lasts for three years and bordetella lasts 6 to 12 months. Our veterinarians will inform you at each appointment so you know when your pet should be vaccinated again.

    What should I expect when my puppy or dog is vaccinated?

    Your pet can experience minor side effects to the vaccinations they receive. Some pets might be lethargic, lose their appetite or have swelling at the injection site. These effects do not usually last more than 48 hours. If you become concerned about any effect that your pet is experiencing, reach out to our team.


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    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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting 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 take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and 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".

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)


    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 Southglen Veterinary Hospital