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Puppy Vaccinations

At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital we believe the best (and in many cases the most important) medicine is prevention! That is why it is our goal to help you get your puppy’s health off to the right start. Due to underdeveloped immune systems, puppies are at the greatest risk of contracting a serious and sometimes deadly disease such as Canine Distemper or Parvovirus. To help your puppy build a strong immune system, we recommend starting their vaccines at 8 weeks of age.

What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?

We offer Canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus as a core “combo” vaccine as well as rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), Leptospirosis and Lyme disease.

Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?

It is important to properly vaccinate your puppy to reduce the risk of contracting a serious disease. Due to their under developed immune systems, puppies are more prone to contract a virus vs.an adult dog. Vaccinating too early, missing or significantly delaying a booster vaccine can impede your puppy’s ability to build the proper antibodies required to fight viruses.

What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?

We recommend that puppies receive their first core vaccination at 8 weeks of age, followed by vaccine boosters at 12 and 16 weeks of age.

What can I expect during my puppies first vaccination visit?

Here at Van Isle, we strive to make your puppy’s first visit as stress free as possible. There is always a friendly smile and a pocket full of treats waiting for your puppy at our front counter. Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam to access your puppy’s overall health including the eyes, ears, teeth, heart and to check for any abnormalities . Your veterinarian is a wealth of knowledge and a great resource for nutritional recommendations, parasite prevention and training recommendations. They will also educate you on your puppies growing needs as well as what to expect during the first year of your puppy’s life.

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Your puppy will typically require 3 sets of vaccinations however this can all depend on the age of your pup at the time of first vaccination. As the cost can vary depending on your puppy’s age and lifestyle, it is recommended to give us a call at 250-334-8400 to obtain an accurate quote.

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We were truly honoured to have been awarded this year's BCSPCA Veterinarian of the Year Award on Friday, May 5th in Richmond BC. Accepting the award on the entire team's behalf was Candice Pacholuk - Practice Manager, Dr. Mireille de Winter, Dr. Yvette Maclean and Leanne Kelly - Lead RVT. Pictured below with Craig Daniell - CEO, BCSPCA and Jennifer Gore - President BCSPCA.

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