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: July 27, 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, heartworm testing, 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.
  • 3. 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.

    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