Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

The first line of defence in protecting your dog’s health is getting them vaccinated. This is an ongoing process from when they’re tiny little pups to big, strong protectors. Vaccines shield your puppy from viruses and illnesses, including hepatitis and rabies. It’s important to stay up-to-date with your dog’s vaccine appointments. To learn more about the vaccines we provide and if your dog is ready for them, call us at 780.444.1324.

When should my dog be vaccinated?

We suggest that periodic vaccinations should be a part of your puppy’s schedule during the first few months of their life. We usually administer a combination of vaccines approximately once a month between the ages of two months and four months. Afterwards, they are given a vaccine annually. However, if your dog is older than four months and has not been vaccinated, our veterinarians are prepared. We will use a different protocol that requires two vaccinations every three weeks and then annual vaccinations.

What kind of vaccines will my dog receive?

There are two types of vaccines your dog will receive; core and non-core. Core vaccines protect your pet from developing common medical problems, like canine distemper, rabies and hepatitis. These conditions can become serious illnesses that require prolonged treatment. Non-core vaccines are administered according to your dog’s environment. They shield their immune system from common bacteria, parasites and diseases they may encountered in their daily routine. For example, a hunting dog will usually have a different set of optional vaccines compared with an assistance dog.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.