The hardest part of our job is seeing puppies like this one, who are sick or even dying because they did not receive proper routine preventative care, like puppy vaccines and deworming.

Oliver was surrendered to the animal shelter because his family did not get him his puppy vaccines and deworming, and then when he got very sick, they could not afford to provide any medical care for him.

Because Oliver was not brought in to the hospital until he was nearly dead, heroic measures were required to pull him through his illness. After being stabilized at Twin Trees, Oliver spent several days in the ICU at an Emergency and Critical Care facility in  Vancouver. He required several blood product transfusions and a feeding tube to survive his illness.

The worst part is that Oliver never would have needed our help in the first place, if only he had received proper preventative medical care, and treatment in a timely manner.

Most of the important life-threatening infectious diseases of puppies (like parvo and distemper) are nearly 100% preventable with modern day vaccines. The cost of treating a disease like parvo is 10 – 100 times the cost of prevention with vaccinations, with no guarantee of survival.

If you have a new puppy, REMEMBER THIS:

*** You MUST start puppy immunizations and deworming at 8 WEEKS on the dot- not a day later.***

Then booster every 3-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks old! Boosters are just as important.

Before you just go out and get a puppy, it is important to ask yourself:

  • Am I truly prepared for the time and financial costs of having a puppy?
  • Am I committed to the DAILY responsibility of feeding, caring for, picking up after, and spending time with a new family member for the next 10-20 years?
  • Have I created a budget and accounted for cost of preventative medical care (shots, deworming, spay/neuter- easily $1K within the first year) and the enormous medical costs associated with illness, injuries, congenital problems (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, brachycephalic airway syndrome in bulldogs, pugs, etc.) chronic health problems (skin problems, epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes), and emergencies?
  • A good test: can I afford medical insurance for my pet (usually $60-$100/month)?

If not, you might end up in a difficult situation if your pet developed a medical problem down the road.

You can read more about Oliver, or donate to his campaign at the Whistler Animal Shelter Website (WAG), by visiting: