Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Puppies are more likely to contract serious but preventable diseases if they are unvaccinated. It’s important to vaccinate your puppy as early as possible to protect them and ensure they are as healthy as possible. Dogs still need to get vaccinated as they get older, but less often than puppies. It is important to discuss what vaccines best suit your pup’s needs. Call our team at 604-824-5848 to schedule your puppy’s first visit or your dog’s yearly vaccines.

When should I get my puppy vaccinated?

Puppies receive their first set of vaccines starting in their first few weeks of life until they are 6 months old. After this, they receive booster vaccines a year later. Your puppy will be vaccinated against rabies, canine distemper (respiratory, digestive and nervous system disease), parvovirus (digestive disease) and hepatitis as well as other non-core vaccines depending on whether or not they are at risk.

What types of vaccines should my adult dog get?

Adult dogs should be vaccinated yearly against rabies, distemper and parvovirus. Senior dogs might need an examination twice a year to determine which vaccinations they need. Depending on your dog’s risk, they might also be recommended to get the bordetella (kennel cough), leptospirosis and Lyme disease vaccines.

I’m concerned about the health risk of vaccines. Are there alternatives?

The health risks of vaccines for pets is relatively low. Vaccines undergo a rigorous process of testing before they are approved for your canine friend.

My pet is vaccinated. Does this mean they are fully immune from diseases?

Though some vaccines might not provide full immunity against diseases, they reduce the severity of symptoms. Vaccination is the best way to protect your pet against harmful and life-threatening diseases. If you would like more information on vaccines, please connect with our veterinarians.



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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic