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Vaccines

Widespread use of vaccines has prevented death and illness in millions of animals.

Distemper:
Vaccination against Distemper is essential as the infection is often fatal. Nearly every dog is exposed to this disease at some point in their lifetime.

The distemper virus attacks the major organs in the body including the nervous system. Symptoms can include:

  • listlessness
  • fever
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • discharge from eyes and nose.

In it’s final stages it may cause convulsions and paralysis. Death can occur in one to three weeks.


Adenovirus:

This virus is spread between dogs by contact with there urine, feces and other secretions from infected animals.

This virus mostly affects the liver, as a result, death from Hepatitis is possible in severe cases. Vaccinations have controlled this virus for many years and keep on advancing to continue to control this virus.


Parvovirus:

Parvovirus is a deadly viral disease. The chance of survival of a dog or puppy infected with this disease is only 50%.

Signs and symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • dehydration
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Loss of appetite

Minnie says: Suspect Parvovirus if your has a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea, DON’T WAIT! The test takes only ten minutes, and the earlier it is found the better chance of survival.


Parainfluenza:

Parainfluenza is passed from dog to dog and can be fatal. This disease is highly contagious in all ages of a dog’s life. Symptoms may include:

  • dry hacking cough
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • runny eyes
  • depression
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy


Parainfluenza:

Parainfluenza is passed from dog to dog and can be fatal. This disease is highly contagious in all ages of a dog’s life. Symptoms may include:

  • dry hacking cough
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • runny eyes
  • depression
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy

Leptospirosis:

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of dogs and other mammals that primarily affects the liver or kidneys. It is carried mainly by rodents, but can also be carried by almost any mammalian species. Ingestion of infected urine or waste is the most common means of transmission, but some forms can break through thin skin.

There are three main forms of the disease:

  • In hemorrhagic disease there is high fever with lethargy and loss of appetite. Multiple small hemorrhages occur in the mouth and on the whites of the eyes. Bloody diarrhea and vomiting may occur. This form is often fatal.
  • The icteric or jaundice form begins much like the hemorrhagic form and many of the clinical signs are the same. An additional clinical sign is the presence of a yellow color(jaundice or icterus) in the mouth and whites of the eyes. In severe cases, the skin will turn yellow.
  • The renal form causes kidney failure. These dogs are very lethargic, anorectic, and may vomit. Their breath may have a very offensive odor and ulcers often develop on the tongue. Other signs include diarrhea, excessive drinking(polydipsia) and excessive frequent urination (polyuria.) There may be red staining of the urine(blood). The dog may be reluctant to move and show abdominal discomfort. Fever is variable and temperature may actually be subnormal in the more advanced stage. Dogs that survive the acute renal form may be left with chronic kidney disease.

The vaccine for leptospirosis is not always part of the routine vaccination program for all dogs. Your veterinarian will consider the risks and options for your pet.

Please call if you have any Questions or concerns about Vaccines.