Hoboken Animal Hospital

640 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030



Preventative Health Care and Vaccination Program for Dogs

- Distemper (6 in one) Vaccine: A six in one vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Adeno Type 2 and Parvo) that protects your dog from serious and sometimes life threatening illness.  ALL dogs should be vaccinated against these diseases.  There are four boosters initially which are given two to three weeks apart, then the vaccination is given yearly. 

- Rabies Vaccine:  Rabies is a fatal nervous system virus that can be transmitted to humans through an animal bite.  It is strongly recommended and REQUIRED BY LAW  for all dogs be vaccinated.  A rabies vaccine is recommended between 3 to 6 months.  We recommend vaccinating the following year, then every two years thereafter.  

- Corona Vaccine : Corona is a virus similar to Parvo.  It causes bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe GI signs.  ALL dogs should be vaccinated for this.  Initially there are two boosters, given two to three weeks apart, then yearly thereafter.

- Bordetella Vaccine: Bordetella is also known as infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough).  There are two boosters initially, followed by yearly boosters.

- Canine Influenza Vaccine: Canine Influenza is a relatively new strain of flue that afects dogs.  Because it is a new disease, most dogs have little or no immunity.  Therefore most dogs that contact the virus get infected and many get severely ill.  Initally there are two boosters, given two to three weeks apart, then yearly thereafter.    

- Lyme Vaccine:  Lyme is a tick borne disease that affects both animals and people.  This vaccine is highly recommended in this area, as Lyme disease is a real risk in the Norhteast U.S.

 -Heartworm/Tick Borne Diseases: We recommend annual screening for Heartworm disease and 3 common regional diseases that are spread by ticks; these are Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis.  If detected early, these diseases can be treated before they cause serious illness in your dog.  


- Fecal Testing: A stool test that checks for intestinal parasites (i.e. roundworms, hookworms, coccidia).  Many puppies are born with worms and adult dogs can acquire them.  You will infrequently see them in the feces.  Puppies should be tested two to four times during their first year of life and one to two times per year in adults.    

- Giardia Testing: This very contagious intestinal parasite affects all mammals including children and adult humans.  Giardia can cause mild to severe diarrhea and weight loss in some animals.  Other animals do not get sick themselves, but spread the disease to susceptible dogs, cats and people.  A stool test can detect  its presence in asymptomatic carriers, and should be run on all new puppies and one to two times per year in adults.  Giardia infections on dogs are treatable with appropriate medications. 


- Heartworm Prevention:  Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  Puppies and adult dogs can develop worms that live in their hearts.  A monthly chewable preventative such as Heartgard is available.  We recommend keeping your pets on a heartworm preventative year round for maximum efficacy.  See our "Products" web page for more information on heartworm disease & heartworm preventatives. 

- Flea Prevention: Fleas are easier to prevent than to get rid of.  A flea product such as Frontline can be started at 10 weeks of age to help keep your pet comfortable through the flea and tick season.  See our "Products" web page for more information on flea/tick preventatives.   

- Microchip: The Home Again Pet Recovery System is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.  See our "Products" web page for more information on Home Again's microchip.      
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