Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Did you know the milk puppies drink from their mothers can carry protective antibodies? However, they don’t last very long and puppies need to get their first vaccine at 6 to 8 weeks. If a puppy doesn’t receive milk from their mother this is especially important. Vaccines are preventative medicines that increase your dog’s chance of combating viral diseases. Dogs are social creatures, so ensuring they are routinely vaccinated keeps other dogs in your community safe too. To learn more about your dog’s vaccination schedule, book an appointment by calling us at 250.591.4050.

Do the vaccines hurt pets?

We administer our vaccines by giving injections. Like all needles, they can feel like a slight pinch and, like humans, some dogs are not fond of that feeling. If a dog is especially nervous we’ve learned that distracting them with treats (with the pet owners permission) is an effective solution.

What is in the vaccines?

The vaccines contain viruses or altered organisms carrying a disease. These are injected into your dog’s body so their immune system can create antibodies and cells that will know how to fight against them. Bringing your pet in for their booster shots strengthens their ability to resist contagious diseases like rabies, canine hepatitis and canine parvovirus.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

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!


  • 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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital