Custom Dog Vaccination Programs

Murrayhill Vet Hospital Dog Vaccination Programs

Dog vaccinationWe’re here to help you ensure the health and well-being of your dog.  To that end, we use and recommend certain vaccines to prevent and control infectious disease that present a danger to your dog.

However, vaccinating every patient against every possible disease on an annual basis carries risks, probably is not needed, and at worse, may be harmful to your pet.  All the doctors at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital take the age and lifestyle of your dog into account in recommending vaccinations, and we work diligently to protect your dog from unnecessary vaccination.

Although no age group can be considered entirely free from risk, puppies (less than 6 months of age) are generally more susceptible to infection than adult dogs following exposure and therefore, represent the principal target population for canine vaccination protocols. The following recommendations are simply guidelines, and we will customize a vaccination program specifically for your dog. We constantly review scientific studies, expert opinions, and vaccine technology to determine which vaccines and what protocols are best for your pet. We are committed to giving as few vaccines as possible at any given visit. By splitting the vaccine antigens and by using the only three year USDA approved vaccines on the market, we provide a safer, more personalized protocol for your pet.

Even with this new conservative protocol, some dogs may have vaccine reactions. Some dogs may be slightly lethargic or sore after vaccination, which can be a normal response. However, if you notice that your dog develops facial swelling, vomits, stops eating, develops a lump at the site of the vaccine injection, or develops other signs of illness, please call the hospital immediately.

Bi-Annual Exams

Regardless of the vaccines that your dog may require, we recommend a physical exam every 6 months to evaluate your pet’s health. Remember dog’s age faster than humans. Every 1 year of your pet’s life is equivalent to 5-6 human years. During these regular checkups your veterinarian can identify developing problems including dental disease, heart disease, as well as other conditions which might not be apparent to you at home. With early detection, many of these diseases may be easily treated or even prevented.

Vaccine Titers

We use vaccine titers to determine vaccine effectiveness in puppies or for pets with a history of allergies, we may recommend checking antibody/titer levels to make sure your dog is still protected against the most dangerous viruses. With a small blood sample that can be collected on the day of your pet’s exam, we can verify that your dog still has protective immunity to the vaccine viruses.

Vaccine Recommendations

DAP (Distemper virus, Adenovirus or hepatitis, Parvovirus)

We recommend the following vaccination program:

  • For puppy’s under 16 weeks of age: series of 2 vaccines, 4 weeks apart; then every three years thereafter.
  • For adult dogs:  every three years or perform vaccine titer to verify protection.


Recommendation for vaccination series:

  • For puppy’s and dogs over 16 weeks we administer 1 dose followed by booster one year later; then every three years thereafter

Bordetella/Parainfluenza (Kennel Cough)

We recommend this vaccine for all puppies and for adult dogs that are more social especially those in boarding/kennel situations, dog park attendees and for grooming patients. The vaccination is given orally.  We recommend:

  • 1 oral dose at 12 weeks and then boostered annually

Vaccine Reactions

Fortunately, vaccine reactions are rare in pets.  Most dogs never experience adverse reactions to their vaccines, but please notify us right away if you notice any the following symptoms: facial swelling, hives, itching, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty breathing, pain at the injection site, lethargy, collapse or seizures. Dogs will often be temporarily sore at the site of vaccination, but any pain or swelling should be reported and checked by one of the veterinarians at Murrayhill veterinary hospital.

Avoiding Over-Vaccination

The doctors at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital are concerned about the potential problems of over vaccination of pets and are constantly reviewing studies, expert opinions, and vaccine technology to determine the best protocols for your pet. To that end, we will always customize a vaccine program for your pet and his or her lifestyle. Likewise, we are committed to giving as few vaccines as possible at any given visit by splitting the vaccines and by using the only the safest vaccines available including non-adjuvanted vaccines and the only three year USDA approved vaccines on the market.