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 three months. The rabies vaccination is required by law. More information about Rabies can be found here: Rabies. The first vaccine is suitable for one year. Subsequent vaccines are good for three years.
The minimum age requirement is six 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 infectious 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 one year. The next time it’s given, it’s suitable for three years. For dogs who did not get puppy series: Initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine three weeks later.
The minimum age requirement is two 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 nine months after eight weeks of age.
The minimum age requirement is three 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 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. The initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine 3-4 weeks later. After that, annually.
The minimum age requirement is three 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 generally is harrowing. This disease is also transmissible to humans through contact with the urine. The initial vaccine is given, then a second vaccine three weeks later. After that, annually.