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.
Bringing your puppy to be vaccinated is an important part of being a dog owner. The positive effects of vaccinating vastly outweigh the negative. Bringing your puppy to a veterinary hospital also helps to socialize and can create a bond between your veterinarian and puppy, creating a healthy relationship for the future.
We recommend vaccination for the most common diseases which are Canine distemper (this vaccine includes distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza and parvovirus vaccine). Leptospirosis Vaccine, Bordetella Vaccine to prevent a canine cough, Lyme and Rabies vaccine. There are other vaccinations available for your puppy depending on his or her lifestyle and should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Why is it important to vaccinate your puppy?
Vaccinating your puppy protects them from picking up potentially fatal and costly diseases. Preventative medicine is always preferable to treating a disease. Puppies may be born with the ability to fight disease from antibodies passed on to them from their mother’s milk. We can never be sure how many antibodies were received by your puppy, as it is dependent on how well the mother was vaccinated and how well the puppy nursed as an infant. Maternal antibodies can interfere with the immunity produced by the puppy vaccinations, so in order to protect the puppies, we vaccinate at intervals until they are over 16 weeks of age.
At what age should I bring in my puppy for its vaccinations?
Puppies should be vaccinated starting at 8 weeks of age. If the puppy is rehomed prior to 8 weeks, vaccines should be started sooner than later.
How should I prepare my puppy for its first vaccination visit?
When arriving for your puppy’s first visit it is helpful to know if the puppy has had any worming treatments, what diet is being provided and the frequency of meals.
Having a history of where the puppy came from, any medical issues to date and any history of medical issues in the puppy’s mother or father are all helpful in creating a complete medical record of your puppy. Bring your puppies favourite kind of treats along!
How much do puppy vaccinations cost?
Each puppies vaccine may be tailored to his or her lifestyle. Please call 250-743-3223 for more information about the cost of your dog’s vaccines.
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 250-743-3223. 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 on 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 as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital