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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-old.

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 underdeveloped 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-old, 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 three 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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Last updated: December 2, 2021

Dear Clients,

Welcome back! We are happy to be able to invite our pet parents back into the hospital with their pets!! However, we are still following many of our previous health and safety protocols which have know been implemented as part of our communicable disease prevention protocol. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these times together. By helping to keep each other safe, we can continue to keep your pets safe.

1. WE ARE STILL OFFERING ALL OUR REGULAR, NON-URGENT AND URGENT CARE SERVICES

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

We continue to see a significant demand for these types of services. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Sometimes this means wait times of several weeks to be seen for non-urgent appointments. This allows our team to properly assess and triage those more critical patients that require our immediate attention. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and put our team’s safety and that of the public first.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Our DVM team is excited to invite you back into our exam rooms with your pets as long as we have the capacity to do so. To maintain a safe distance, we ask that only one pet parent accompany their pet into the exam room with the doctor. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry and please do not enter our hospital if you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Island health.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

We continue to offer our clients emergency on call services 7 days a week between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, including stat holidays.

After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 8:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for helping us make this transition in our health and safety protocols as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after you and your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital