Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinations are designed to protect your dog against an array of illnesses. Vaccinations work by injecting your dog with a small amount of infectious organisms. The organisms are placed under your dog’s skin, and as your dog’s immune system recognizes them as foreign bodies, it begins to fight them. After being exposed to a specific infectious agent, your dog’s body will be able to identify these agents and release antibodies more quickly in the future. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Manhattan to give your dog vaccinations, then consider visiting us at Animal General. Below are the mandatory, or core, vaccinations that your fluffy friend needs.


The canine distemper vaccination often called the DHPP or DHLPP protects against Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. Because Leptospirosis is a "non-core" vaccination, it is sometimes left out of this vaccination, making it only DHPP. Puppies are supposed to receive a vaccination against canine distemper at 6 to 8 weeks, 10 to 12 weeks and then again at 14 to 16 weeks. A booster shot against canine distemper is then provided at 12 months and then every three years.

Rabies Vaccination

While puppies generally receive the rabies vaccine at 12 weeks, this may vary from place to place depending on local laws. Your puppy will then need a second rabies shot within one year after the first shot. Boosters for the rabies vaccination are usually given once every one or three years, depending on the vaccination used and local laws.

Lyme Disease Vaccination

Many dogs are not at high risk for contact with Lyme Disease, so this vaccination is usually only given to dogs in areas where Lyme disease is a concern. The vaccine can be given to your puppy as early as eight weeks, and a second dose is given two to four weeks later. A booster shot for this vaccine is given one year following the second dose and then annually.

Bordetella Vaccination

The Bordetella vaccination can be administered to your canine in a variety of ways. It can be given as a traditional vaccination, as an inhaled nasal mist, or even orally. After the administration of this vaccination, it will take 48 hours for your dog to develop immunity to the disease. Because of the importance of the Bordetella vaccination, most kennels require dogs to have this vaccine before they allow boarding. This vaccination is generally given once every 12 months.

Dog Vaccinations

There are many factors to consider before administering non-core vaccinations, but it is essential to get your dog vaccinated with all core vaccinations. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Manhattan, then visit us at Animal General. We will make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations. You can call us at (212) 501-9600 to schedule an appointment today!

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