Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Whether your canine friend is a puppy or silver-haired senior, they need vaccines to stay protected from several harmful conditions all throughout their life. We are here to help you stay on top of this aspect of their medical care. To discuss more about your pet’s vaccination plan, please call us at 604-940-0899.

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When should my puppy be vaccinated?

There are a few core vaccines we recommend for your canine friend. These vaccines protect against Rabies, Canine distemper, Hepatitis Parvovirus and Parainfluenza (DHPP) and Kennel Cough (Bordetella). Rabies affects your pet’s nervous system, including their brain and spinal cord, often resulting in death. DHPP is a combination of diseases that can cause pneumonia, liver disease and damage to the immune system. Bordetella causes a dry cough which often leads to your pet developing pneumonia. Puppies should be vaccinated using the following schedule:

  • Rabies – First dose given at 16 weeks of age; next dose given 1 year after first dose
  • DHPP – First dose given 6–8 weeks of age to 16–18 weeks of age, every 3-4 weeks; next dose 1 year later
  • Bordetella – First dose given at 12–16 weeks of age; next dose 1 year later

When should my dog be vaccinated?

Dogs should be vaccinated using the following schedule

  • Rabies – Every 3 years 
  • DHPP – Every 1-2 years 
  • Bordetella – Every 6 months or yearly, depending on your pet’s exposure to kennels, shows and dog groups

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