We at Brentwood Bay Veterinary Clinic try our best to tailor our vaccine and parasite control to the needs of your dog. This means that it's important for you to tell us about your dog's lifestyle and any travel plans so that we might work with you to establish your dog's individual needs to keep them safe, happy and healthy for the coming year. As you know, we vaccinate on a rotating, 3yr schedule that includes Distemper, Parvo and Rabies Virus' and this protocol was designed to meet the needs of the average dog living on Vancouver Island. Recently, there have been some concerns regarding Leptospirosis and its encroachment on Vancouver Island. The average dog may not find itself at a risk of exposure to Leptospirosis as he or she goes about their daily routine however, dogs traveling East of Manitoba may benefit from being vaccinated against Leptospirosis. So far, there have only been a few reported cases on Vancouver Island that we are aware of but, with Leptospirosis shown to be present in the urine of some wildlife on Vancouver Island including marine mammals, you may wish to consider and discuss with the Veterinarian your dog’s possible risk factors especially if you and your canine companion frequent our Island’s beaches or remote camp sites.
As always if you have questions or concerns about your dog's health, well being, vaccination status or, their vaccination protocol moving forward, please call our Clinic, we would love to talk to you about the health and safety of your dog!