Dog Vaccinations

Along with regular health check-ups, vaccines are a very important part of an overall preventative health strategy for your furry friend. Your veterinarian will formulate a protocol based upon your dog’s lifestyle, age, travel habits, and other factors.

The following list highlights an in-depth review of vaccine recommendations and protocol based on the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) guidelines.



  1. DAP – Core (recommended for all dogs)
  • Puppies are vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is boosted one year, once initial puppy series is complete, then revaccinated every three years thereafter.
  • Parvo – a frequently fatal viral gastrointestinal disease that causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and loss of appetite.
  • Canine Infectious Hepatitis (Adenovirus) – causes liver disease with signs such as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and encephalitis; this may be fatal.
  • Distemper – a frequently fatal disease, causing depression, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and discharge from the eyes and nose. It may also cause convulsions and paralysis.
  1. Rabies – Core (recommended for all dogs)
  • A fatal disease carried, in our province, by bats. Statistics from the Public Health Agency of Canada report that from 2000-2005, 96% of the 95 bats tested in British Columbia were positive for rabies. Because of the human health risk, vaccination of all cats and dogs is recommended.
  • Puppies are vaccinated at 16 weeks of age. Vaccine is boosted one year after initial puppy vaccine and then revaccinated every three years.
  1. Bordetella – Non-core (Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis, “kennel cough”)
  • A contagious respiratory disease. Signs are related to the degree of damage to the respiratory tract. Several organisms may be responsible; primary among them are the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica, as well as respiratory viruses and other bacteria.
  • Vaccination is recommended for dogs who have significant social contact e.g. kennels, daycare, dog parks, agility classes, etc. Dogs who have a high-risk of exposure should be revaccinated every six months; those with lower/moderate risk should be revaccinated annually.
  1. Leptospirosis – Non-core
  • A bacterial disease that most frequently affects the liver and/or kidney, causing signs such as vomiting, depression, abdominal pain, and increased urination. Wildlife, rodents, and livestock spread the bacteria in their urine, contaminating surface water.
  • Vaccination is recommended for dogs in contact with farms or wildlife areas, including areas frequented by raccoons. Puppies are vaccinated at 12 and 16 weeks of age and revaccinated annually.
  1. Lyme Disease – Non-core
  • A bacterial disease spread by tick bites, affecting different organs and causing a variety of different symptoms including fever, depression, loss of appetite, arthritis, and increased thirst and urination. Annual vaccination is recommended for dogs who have a significant exposure to tick bites.


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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 23, 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 250-754-8822. 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 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. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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 Petroglyph Animal Hospital