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.
Vaccines provide a way for us to ‘jump start’ a puppy’s immune system so that it can start producing the antibodies required to fight off infectious organisms before they can take hold. A puppy is at a higher risk of contracting these infectious organisms due to its underdeveloped immune system. When animals are very young, they have antibodies provided by their mother’s milk that helps protect them from diseases. These antibodies disappear between 8 and 12 weeks of age. It is therefore important to provide vaccines to allow their own bodies to produce these protective antibodies starting at 8 weeks of age.
We vaccinate for Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Rabies, and Bordetella.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
A puppy’s immune system hasn’t fully developed yet; therefore they are more susceptible to illness and disease. Newborn puppies are often initially protected against diseases through the immunity passed down in the mother’s milk. This protection is lost sometime around 8-12 weeks. It is therefore imperative to vaccinate all puppies with a series of vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age to protect against various diseases in their initial year of life.
At what age should I bring my puppy for their vaccinations?
We recommend puppies receive their first vaccine at 8 weeks of age and receive a booster at 12 and 16 weeks.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
Bringing your puppy to the clinic for a weigh-in and a treat can make them less fearful of the clinic.
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
For pricing, please contact the clinic and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
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 30, 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 250.715.5143. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic