Congratulations on your newest family member!
We are here to provide you with the information you need about parasite control, nutrition, vaccinations and training to enable your pup to live a well-mannered, long and healthy life.
We will customize your puppy vaccine protocol to their specific lifestyle and risk factors. We follow the guidelines of the Companion Animal Parasite Council and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
Puppies should receive:-
- First core vaccine at 8 weeks of age
- Follow up booster vaccine at 12 and 16 weeks of age.
The interval of 4 weeks is important to ensure the development of proper immunity to the diseases we are protecting them from.
- DAP-Core (recommended for all dogs)
Distemper – a contagious and often fatal virus that attacks the respiratory system (discharge from the eyes and nose, coughing), gastrointestinal system (vomiting) and nervous system (seizures, partial or complete paralysis).
Adenovirus Type 1 – Hepatitis – symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea
Type 2 – Respiratory disease – symptoms include dry cough, sneezing, and in severe cases inappetance and fever.
Parvovirus – a highly contagious and potentially fatal cause of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
- Rabies – Core (recommended for all dogs)
Rabies is a fatal disease that can only be confirmed after death. It is carried by bats in British Columbia and has been documented on Vancouver Island. A puppy has this vaccine once at 16 weeks of age and a booster one year later. As an adult this vaccine is given every 3 years.
- Bordetella/Canine Parainfluenza (kennel cough) – Non-Core
This is a contagious respiratory illness. Vaccination is recommended for dogs that are regularly exposed to other dogs at kennels, training classes, day care, social walks etc.
- Leptospirosis – Non-Core
This is a bacterial disease that can cause liver and/or kidney disease. Dogs can become infected if they come into contact with infected urine from rodents, wildlife or farm animals. It is also a disease that people can potentially get from their infected pet’s urine.
Although considered non-core this vaccine is highly recommended as the disease has been documented in the Nanaimo area.
- Lyme Disease – Non-Core
This is caused by a bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) that is spread by ticks. Symptoms can take 2-5 months to occur and include fever, inappetance, joint swelling and lameness.