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.

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Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinations are one of the greatest modern medical discoveries; they allow for pre-emptive protection from diseases that can be fatal if transmitted. Vaccines work by introducing small amounts of weakened antigens from a virus or bacterium into your pet. Instead of making your pet sick, they stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies, which your pet’s body uses to fight infection. When your pet encounters the real virus or bacteria in the environment, his or her body recognizes these antigens and summons antibodies much more quickly to fight infection. Your veterinarian can discuss the appropriate vaccine protocol for your pet with you at your pet’s yearly general health exam.

What types of vaccinations does your clinic offer for adult dogs?

For dogs and puppies, we recommend the canine core vaccine (Distemper/Adenovirus Type 2/Parvovirus), rabies vaccine and possibly the Bordetella (a kennel cough) vaccine depending on your dog’s lifestyle.

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?

Kamloops Veterinary Clinic has switched to vaccines that are licensed by the federal government to protect dogs from common infectious diseases for 3 years in mature dogs. Mature Dogs: Rabies, distemper, hepatitis and parvo vaccine booster is given every 3 years. A kennel cough vaccine may be needed for dogs that attend dog parks, dog daycare centers or boarding kennels. That vaccine that will aid in the prevention of canine Kennel Cough associated with the canine parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica disease complex and is typically good for one year.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?

Although there are no regulations requiring you to vaccinate your pet, vaccines are a great way to limit your pet’s risk of disease and the spread of disease to other animals in the area. We strongly recommend that you keep your pet’s vaccines up to date and booster them as directed by your veterinarian.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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. Please bring a cell phone to your appointment. If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know and we will email you a history form to fill out prior to your appointment. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle until our exam room is ready for your visit. Our team will arrange to meet you at the front door or at your vehicle. Please transfer your pet without any accoutrements (no clothing, toys, or other accessories). All cats must come in carriers. The doctor will call you on your cell phone to discuss the 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. If we don't have a record of your pet's previous vaccines, please bring that with you, especially if it's a puppy or kitten.

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