Vaccinations for Dogs
Vaccination protocols are no longer "one size fits all". Factors such as age, lifestyle and location as well as risk factors, such as species and breed are considered when developing a vaccination program for your pet. The following are general vaccination recommendations for puppies, adult dogs, kittens, and adult cats. Due to your pet’s individual requirements and specific needs, your veterinarian may modify this schedule. Vaccines are divided into Core or “must have” and non-Core or “optional”.
DHP (Core) - Combined vaccination protecting against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus. Given to puppies in a series of 3 vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. It is boosted every 1-3 years in adulthood depending on risk factors. Unvaccinated adult dogs need 2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart.
Rabies (Core) - Given to puppies at greater than 12 weeks of age. It is boosted in the first year and then every 1-3 years in adulthood depending on risk factors. Rabies vaccination is required by law.
Bordetella-Parainfluenza or “Kennel Cough” (non-Core) - Recommended for all dogs going to boarding or grooming facilities on a regular basis. Given at greater than 12 weeks of age. For high-risk dogs, an injection every 6 months is required to maintain immunity.
Leptosporosis (non-Core) - Recommended for all dogs that are exposed to standing or stagnant water like ponds, swamps etc. Given at greater than 9 weeks of age and boosted annually.
Lyme Disease (non-Core) - Recommended for all dogs that are exposed to wooded areas where ticks are prevalent, especially the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway areas. Given at greater than 12 weeks of age and boosted annually.