Dog Vaccinations

Our canine vaccine program is divided into “core” and “non-core” vaccines. They are administered in accordance with guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association. Core vaccines are highly recommended for all dogs either by law or because of the life threatening nature of the diseases. Non-core vaccines are administered selectively, based on potential risk of exposure to your pet. To determine if your dog would benefit from having a non-core vaccine, a discussion will be had with your veterinarian.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?:

Core canine vaccines include a combination vaccine called DAPP (Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus-Parainfluenza) and the Rabies vaccine. Our non-core vaccines include Leptospirosis and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Core vaccines are administered annually on a scheduled rotation system to avoid over-vaccination.

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?:

At West Hill Animal Clinic we have a schedule for vaccinating your dog. Once they are up to date with their core vaccines we vaccinate adult dogs on a three year rotation. Typically we would rotate starting with Parvo the first year, followed by DAP(distemper) the second year and then Rabies. We would continue to rotate through these vaccines each subsequent year.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?:

Routine vaccination is one of the key methods of fighting disease and keeping your pet healthy.

How much do dog vaccinations cost?

There is a set cost for the core vaccine and physical examination with an add-on fee for any additional non-core vaccines.



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Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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