Aqueduct Animal Hospital

2721 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12309



Canine Exam, Vaccine, and Testing Protocols  

Prevention is the best medicine. We've heard that before, but with all the products and services out there, things can get confusing. What vaccines are right for your dog? Does the Distemper vaccine really prevent my dog from getting mean? (Distemper has nothing to do with aggression). What products do we recommend for fleas, ticks, and heartworm? 

Let us help you!


We want to examine your dog every year and run a blood test that checks for HeartwormLyme Disease, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. (click on links for more information). We recommend monthly Heartworm prevention prevention, and flea and tick prevention as well. We currently sell K9 Advantix IINexgard, and Seresto collars. We would also like to check your dog's feces for parasites. We administer vaccines (see below) based on your dog's risk for each disease and provide a comprehensive medical exam. 

We consider dogs to be seniors at 7 years of age. We recommend performing a "senior wellness" blood panel. This will check your dog for many age-related diseases like kidney disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, liver disease and many other issues that we can't identify on a routine exam. 

Puppy Visit Schedule - New puppy in the house?
Here's our exam and vaccine schedule: 




 6 to 8 weeks old

 First initial exam

bring a poop sample to check for intestinal parasites

Deworming/Heartworm prevenative

flea and tick prevenative

DA2PP (Distemper) #1 of 3

 12 to 16 weeks old

 2nd puppy visit

DA2PPV #2 of 3

Leptosporisis #1 of 2

Lyme #1 of 2 

Bordetalla (kennel Cough) Intranasal

 16 to 20 weeks old

DA2PP #3 (valid for 1 year)

Leptosporisis #2 (valid for 1 year) 

Lyme #2 (valid for 1 year)

Rabies (valid for 1 year)


 Vaccines do not necessarily have to be given the same day. After the 2nd puppy exam, you will not be charged an additional exam just to give vaccines.

Please note: the following is a general guide. We will develop a vaccine schedule that is specific to your pet's age, breed, and lifestyle.





Minimum age: 3 months

Required by law

More information about Rabies can be found here: Rabies

The first vaccine is good for 1 year. Subsequent vaccines are good for three years. 


Minimum age: 6 weeks


A 'core vaccine' - protects against Distemper, Adenovirus type 2 (includes Hepatitis), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.

Distemper information can be found here: Canine Distemper

Hepatitis (Adenovirus) is a virus that attacks the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs. Affected dogs will develop a fever, bleed abnormally, sometimes get a "blue eye", and lose white blood cells. 

Parainfluenza is a highly contagious virus that can produce pneumonia. 

Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes the intestines to "rot" from the inside out. Parvo is spread through feces.

Parvovirus information can be found here:  Parvovirus Information Center

After the initial puppy series, it's good for 1 year. The next time it's given, it's good for 3 years.

For dogs who did not get puppy series: Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 3 weeks later.


Minimum age: 3 months


Vaccinates against Bordetella Bronchiseptica, commonly known as kennel cough. Kennel cough causes a severe cough that sounds like a goose honk. This vaccine is recommended for dogs who will be exposed to other dogs (in kennels, dog parks, grooming salons, training classes etc).

Given every 6 months after 12 weeks of age.


Minimum age: 3 months

Optional, but highly recommended. Lyme's Disease is carried by deer ticks. This is a bacterial disease that attacks the joints and the muscles causing severe pain, and most dogs when affected can't get up. This disease can also cause kidney failure, and sometimes even attack the heart. 

Lyme's disease is highly endemic in the Capital District. Most dogs will be exposed at some point in their lives. We highly recommend this vaccine to all dogs living in the Capital District. 

Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 3-4 weeks later. After that, annually.


Minimum age: 3 months

Optional - Highly recommended for dogs near ponds, lakes, streams, and pets that live near wildlife. This vaccine protects against Leptospirosis, spread by contact with animal urine infected by the disease (typically through water such as ponds and lakes).

This bacteria causes kidney and liver failure. It is typically very painful. This disease is also transmissible to humans through contact with the urine. 

Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 3 weeks later. After that, annually.

Blood Tests




Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. Heartworms will grow and reproduce in the blood stream, causing heart failure and respiratory disease. This disease is preventable with a monthly heartworm preventative like Heartgard. 

Puppies should be started on heartworm prevention at their first visit and given monthly for the rest of their lives. 

This simple blood test checks for Heartworm disease (which is spread by mosquitoes) and three tick borne diseases: Lyme, Erlichia, and Anaplasmosis. This is an annual test starting between 6 months to 1 year.


Senior Wellness

This is a blood test that we recommend annually for pets over the age of 7. This tests the liver, kidney, thyroid, and pancreas function as well as checks for red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet abnormalities.

This simple blood test can be performed during your dog's annual exam.