Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccinations help your pet fight against preventable diseases that might otherwise be detrimental to their health. It’s important for you to create a vaccination plan that outlines the different core (essential) and non-core (pet-specific) ones your canine friend will need. Please connect with us at 403.337.3221. if your pet doesn’t have a vaccination plan.

What core vaccinations do you recommend for puppies?

We recommend puppies start getting vaccinated around 8-weeks-old, after the immunity from their mother’s antibodies wears off. Some core vaccines we recommend are:

  • Distemper – affects multiple organs; can be fatal
  • Hepatitis (adenovirus) – affects vital organs like the kidney and lungs
  • Parainfluenza – affects the respiratory system; highly contagious
  • Parvovirus – affects the stomach and small intestine
  • Rabies – affects the spinal cord and brain; incurable and fatal

    What core vaccinations do you recommend for dogs?

    After 16-months-old, dogs will get a booster of the vaccines they received as puppies. Usually, they’ll receive core vaccines every three years, including:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis (adenovirus)
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies

    What are non-core vaccines you might recommend?

    Depending on the likelihood of your feline friend being impacted by some diseases, we’ll recommend certain non-core vaccines. Some vaccines we might recommend are:

  • Coronavirus
  • Bordetella (Kennel cough)
  • Lyme disease

  • Last updated: November 17, 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.

    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 1 client per appointment allowed in the exam room with their pet
  • Masks are mandatory for every person coming into our clinic for appointments or food/prescription pick-ups
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

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

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic