Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic