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

At Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital, we believe to ensure your dog’s long and healthy life, vaccines should be utilized to protect against the diseases we know can cause fatal or serious illness and prevent transmission of disease to humans.

What types of vaccinations does your offer for adult dogs?


  • Canine Distemper: can be fatal, and highly contagious, it attacks many organs in the dog’s body, including the nervous system, which can cause permanent damage if your dog recovers.
  • Parvovirus: a widespread disease that is highly contagious and extremely severe in young dogs. The virus can remain in the environment for many years, and vaccination is the best means of combating this potentially fatal disease.
  • Bordetella (also known as canine/kennel cough): this vaccine can be administered intranasally, orally or by injection. It is recommended to vaccinate your dog every year if they are exposed regularly to active dog areas such as kennels, dog parks or doggy daycare.
  • Leptospirosis: this infectious disease (which can infect other animals and people) causes a variety of flu-like symptoms that can develop in life-threatening illnesses that affect the kidneys, liver, brain, lungs, and heart. Dogs become infected by coming in contact with the urine of infected animals usually from swimming in or drinking contaminated water.
  • Lyme Disease: can be transmitted to both humans or dogs when a tick carrying the disease comes into contact with your animal. This disease can have symptoms such as arthritis. In conjunction to vaccinating for Lyme Disease, keeping your dog on a flea and tick preventive medication may be helpful too. Recent studies have shown that there are new species of ticks on Vancouver Island, which may increase the chance of you or your animal coming in contact with Lyme disease.
  • Rabies: an incurable viral disease that affects almost all mammals, including humans. It can be transmitted to your dog by a skunk, fox, raccoon or bat. If you wish to travel with your dog to the United States or around the world, records of vaccination for Rabies will be required. Bats on Vancouver Island can carry the rabies virus, and even contact with a dead bat can lead to problems.

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


The puppy vaccines schedule is generally done at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. One year after the puppy series of vaccines have been completed, booster vaccines are administered according to a schedule determined by your veterinarian. It is important that booster vaccines are administered according to the vaccine recommendations. Some vaccines have a three-year interval and some vaccines have a 1-year interval. If the interval between booster vaccines goes past the due date a new series of vaccines may need to be started.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?


Vaccination is your pet’s best defense against disease. Considering the cost of treating a serious illness both in terms of money and emotional distress, prevention through vaccination is a better choice. Rabies and distemper viruses are neurologic diseases that have no cure. A lifestyle that involves contact with other dogs, hunting or exercises and plays in rural areas, drinking from unknown sources, living in multi-dog households are all important considerations when your Veterinarian recommends the vaccine protocol for your dog.

How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?


Each dog may need a different type of vaccine depending on his or her lifestyle. Please call 250-743-3223 for more information about the cost of your dog’s vaccines.

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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 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