With over 50 million pet dogs in the United States alone, your dog is likely to come in contact with an infectious disease at some point in time. Even if you always keep your dog indoors, they can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, in dust, or on clothing.
Vaccination is a simple and inexpensive preventative measure that will guard against the many infectious diseases that could prove costly for your wallet or worse, result in the premature death of your pet. It’s important to schedule an appointment with us for a vaccine treatment tailored to your dog’s health needs.
Below are the most important diseases for which we can provide vaccinations:
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system that attacks all warm-blooded animals, including humans. Rabies infections are often fatal and pose a serious risk to the pet owners and the general public.
All states require vaccination against rabies. Rabies can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Even dogs that are kept indoors can come in contact with a rabies carrier in a basement, garage, or attic. Because there is no cure for rabies, vaccination is the only way to protect your pet.
Distemper is one of the two most common diseases of dogs. In some areas, it is very widespread. Signs include coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, and discharge from the eyes and/or nose. One of the first signs of distemper is squinting of the eyes. Once the virus enters the nervous system, convulsions, twitches, or partial paralysis become evident. It is spread through all body secretions and is highly contagious and usually fatal.
Since its devastating worldwide appearance in 1978, most dog owners have heard of parvo. It is transmitted through direct contact with an infected dog's feces. A dog that recovers from the disease remains a carrier, spreading the virus in its bowel movements for 1-3 months. Signs include vomiting, fever, depression, and diarrhea that often contain large amounts of blood. There is also another form in which the virus attacks the heart, causing heart attack and death.
Typically, younger dogs are more susceptible to the virus and have a greater chance of death. Statistics show that the death rate is very high in dogs less than 4-6 months of age. Dogs remain susceptible to Parvovirus infection until two weeks after the last injection. In the vaccination series this is the most serious and fatal disease we see today.
Coronavirus is an intestinal infection resulting in diarrhea, vomiting, and depression. It is extremely contagious and can even be lethal. Research shows Corona is linked to Parvovirus, and it is common for both infections to occur simultaneously in many dogs.
Canine Cough Complex
Canine Cough Complex, or tracheobronchitis, is more commonly known as kennel cough. It is an upper respiratory infection with the major symptom being a persistent, dry, hacking cough. It often lasts for several weeks and is highly contagious. Kennel cough is usually contracted when dogs are confined to unsanitary conditions in close quarters with many other dogs. It is caused by a combination of several viruses and bacteria that weaken the dog’s immune system.
Leptospirosis, also known as Lepto, is a bacterial infection that affects the dog's kidneys and is transmitted by rodents. It can reside as a low-level infection for months or even years, infecting other dogs while weakening your pet. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Lepto infections.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Canine hepatitis affects the dog's liver. Spread through an infected dog's urine, exposure can result in only a mild infection or can be as serious as death. Puppies are at most risk with this disease. Vaccination has controlled this disease for several years, making it rarely seen by veterinarians today.
NOTE: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Corona virus are all available in one injection. A series of injections are required to develop the high level of immunity required in our area. Bordetalla Bronchitis (kennel cough) and Rabies must be given as separate injections.
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