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Vaccination Services for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccination Services for Puppies and Dogs

Regular vaccinations are a key component in fighting off diseases in puppies and dogs. Our hospital provides both core and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccines are those that are required by law or highly recommended because of the severity of the diseases your pet could develop without them, while non-core vaccines are optional and recommended based on your pet’s unique needs and lifestyle. Our veterinarians can assist you in determining whether your canine friend needs non-core vaccinations. Schedule your appointment at 604.858.6560 to learn more.

What are core and non-core vaccinations in dogs and puppies?

Core vaccinations fight against diseases that are highly transmissible to other dogs and other species including humans. These vaccines include:
1. Rabies
2. Bordetella
3. Canine Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis (DHPP)

Non-core vaccines although not considered essential for every pup or dog can prevent them from being exposed to other diseases that are also harmful. These vaccines include:
1. Lyme
2. Leptospirosis
3. Canine influenza

When should puppies get vaccinated?

Puppies should start vaccinations between 6 to 8-weeks-old. The vaccinations should continue every three weeks until four months when they receive their final series of shots.

When should adult dogs get vaccinated?

At Valley Veterinary Services, we begin administering periodic booster shots to adult dogs after completing their last round of puppy shots. Based on the lifestyle of the dog we may recommend boosting core and non-core vaccines. Most vaccinations are effective for one year with the exception of rabies, which lasts up to three years and bordetella, which lasts between 6 to 12 months.

What should I expect after my puppy gets their vaccine?

The effects of vaccinations are minor and lasts up to two days. Most puppies do not show any sign of discomfort after receiving vaccines. For some puppies, side effects can look like loss of appetite, lethargy and swelling in the area they received the shot. As pet owners, if you become concerned about any of these side effects reach out to us for instructions.


Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

– Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services