Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Vaccines are an important part of your furry friend’s overall health. They help your pet’s immune system to develop fighter cells that attack harmful diseases, often detrimental to their health. By getting your pet vaccinated, you’re immunizing them against diseases that could be fatal. We want to make sure your pet is a part of your family for as long as possible by providing them with necessary vaccines at every necessary stage of their lives, from the early months of puppy years all the way until boosters as adult dogs.

Are vaccines 100% effective?

No, they’re not but they are a highly effective method for protecting most dogs against harmful diseases. For older dogs, vaccines limit the severity of the disease or symptoms they experience if they contract it. Most fully vaccinated dogs are less likely to contract diseases they’re vaccinated against, especially if they received scheduled doses on time. Puppies receive a series of vaccines up until they turn 6-months old, which is followed by boosters throughout their years as adult dogs. If your canine friend doesn’t have a vaccine plan or is due for their next vaccine, please contact our veterinary team at 403.335.3519.

What vaccines does my pet need?

Your veterinarian can assess your canine friend’s individual needs to create a vaccination plan. Generally, there are a few core vaccines your pet will receive against the most common and contagious diseases. Core vaccines include protecting against:

  • Canine Distemper: Causes complications in core internal functions, including digestive, respiratory and nervous system.
  • Canine Hepatitis: Causes liver problems and respiratory damage, leading to death.
  • Canine Parvovirus: Causes damage to the digestive system and is fatal
  • Rabies: Causes fatal brain and spinal cord damage.

    Veterinarians might also recommend non-core vaccines if your pet is at a higher risk of contracting some diseases based on factors like their environment, overall health, age, etc. Some of these include protection against:

  • Bordetellosis: Causes respiratory issues and can lead to pneumonia.
  • Borreliosis (Lyme disease): Causes kidney, joint and heart issues.
  • Coronavirus: Causes digestive issues.

  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Didsbury Veterinary Services