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Canine Vaccinations

Canine Vaccinations at Valley Animal Hospital

Vaccinating your dog is one of the best things you can do for his or her health. Vaccinations prevent many serious and deadly diseases. Here at Valley Animal Hospital, serving Montclair, Clifton and Nutley, our Clifton veterinarian offers core and non-core vaccines for puppies and adult dogs.

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Core Dog Vaccinations

Core dog vaccinations are recommended for every dog whether they spend the majority of their life inside or outside.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a serious illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Owners may also notice that their pet has a runny nose and runny eyes. Puppies and older dogs are most susceptible. The vaccination is highly effective at preventing the disease.


Hepatitis in dogs in dogs attacks the liver and sometimes other internal organs. Infected dogs often have sore throats and coughs. The hepatitis vaccine is highly effective at preventing the disease. Unvaccinated dogs have been known to die within two hours of the onset of symptoms.


Parvo is extremely contagious virus that is easily transmitted between dogs. It primarily causes bloody diarrhea and vomiting. The virus can live for up to two years on surfaces. The vaccine against all forms of the virus is highly effective at preventing the disease.


The rabies vaccination is required by law, and all owners must be able to produce up-to-date documentation of their dog's most recent rabies shot. Rabies is a virus that attacks your dog's central nervous system, leading to death in unvaccinated dogs

Non-Core Dog Vaccinations

Non-core dog vaccinations are recommended for dogs that are considered high-risk. These are typically dogs that live in areas known for the illness, dogs that spend a lot of time outside and dogs that are kenneled or often allowed around other canines.

Bordatella and Parainfluenza

Bordatella and Parainfluenza are upper respiratory infections. Both are often referred to as kennel cough because they can rapidly infect unvaccinated dogs who are being boarded. This vaccine is recommended for dogs that spend a lot of time around other dogs or who are frequently boarded.

Canine Adenovirus

Adenovirus is another virus that causes severe upper respiratory infections. It is often diagnosed as kennel cough and commonly occurs in dogs who are frequently around other dogs. Vaccinations help prevent the disease.


Coronavirus causes severe diarrhea. It infects mostly puppies, but can occur in any age of dog if they are not vaccinated or naturally immune. Vaccinating your dog is effective at preventing the disease.


Leptospirosis can infect dogs and humans. Is it transmitted through close contact with infected dogs. The bacteria also lives in stagnant water. This vaccine is generally recommended for dogs who are frequently kenneled or who live in high-risk areas.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted via tick bites. This vaccination is recommended for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors.

To schedule your dog's annual vaccinations with our Clifton veterinarian, call our animal hospital at (973) 509-5225.


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