Vaccines for Puppies & Dogs

Vaccines are an effective way to protect your canine companion against harmful diseases.

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.

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