We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Vaccinating is a very effective method to prevent certain communicable diseases in your pet. These diseases, such as parvovirus, are serious threats to unvaccinated puppies and can be life-threatening and expensive to treat. Vaccinating your puppy drastically reduces the risk of contracting these diseases and also reduces the chance that they will pass these diseases onto other puppies.
For new puppies, we vaccinate for distemper, parvo and hepatitis at 8 weeks and again at 12 weeks. Rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks then a booster Rabies vaccine is given 1 year later.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Puppies have passive immunity that is delivered to them through the placenta and their mother’s milk. This passive immunity lasts for approximately 6-8 weeks, after which their inexperienced immune system is left to its own devices. For vaccines to be most effective, a proper protocol must be followed.
At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?
Your puppy’s first vaccine should be given at 8 weeks of age, then again at 12 weeks. At 16 weeks, a Rabies vaccine is given.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Bring your puppy’s favourite toy along with some tasty treats and any questions you may have! Ideally, you should try to stay home with your pet to monitor them for a few hours after your appointment.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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 still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
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.
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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic