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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital