The First Few Puppy Vaccines

“I just got a new puppy! When does she need to come in for her 1st set of vaccines, and what does she need to be vaccinated against?”

Puppies should receive 3 sets of vaccines during the first 4 months of their life, ideally starting at 8 weeks of age. During the first 4 months, a puppy typically receives a DAP, Rabies, Bordetella and/or Lyme vaccination.

Her 1st vaccine – DAP or DA2P (also referred to as a “distemper combo” or “core vaccine”), typically contains a combination of Distemper, Parvovirus, and Adenovirus.

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious, hard to treat disease which can often be fatal. It is spread by discharges from the nose and eyes of infected dogs. Symptoms include lethargy, fever, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting and convulsions. Distemper can also attack the nervous system, leaving behind permanent damage in fully recovered dogs.

Parvovirus is extremely debilitating, widespread and very contagious among puppies. Mostly affecting the very young or immune compromised, parvovirus is spread through infected feces and can remain in the environment for many years. This disease also comes with a high fatality rate and treatment can be long and difficult. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting and severe diarrhea.

Adenovirus or Canine Hepatitis is spread through saliva, infected urine or feces. Symptoms are similar to distemper and this disease causes liver failure and damage to the eyes.

This vaccine is not administered before 7 to 8 weeks of age due to the natural antibodies your pup received from her mother at birth. If given too early, those antibodies will fight off the vaccine rendering it useless. Your puppy’s natural immunity begins to diminish between 6 to 12 weeks of age. We suggest a series of 3 DAP vaccines to be administered by your veterinarian at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. Your puppy will require a DAP booster 1 year later when she is around 16 months of age and then every 3 years after that but re-vaccination will vary depending on her age, lifestyle and risk of exposure.


Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital


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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. 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 social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


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


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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

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

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital