Aqueduct Animal Hospital

2721 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12309



Vaccinations - CANINE

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.


The minimum age requirement is 3 months. The rabies vaccination is required by law. More information about Rabies can be found here: RabiesThe first vaccine is good for 1 year. Subsequent vaccines are good for three years.


The minimum age requirement is 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 CenterAfter 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.


The minimum age requirement is 2 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 9 months after 8 weeks of age.




The minimum age requirement is 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.




The minimum age requirement is 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 - CANINE





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.