For most of us, our dogs are like family members and for many of us they are trusted work partners. Whether your pup lives in a luxury silk bed in a highrise condo or in an ice igloo waiting to mush, ensure your dog lives a healthy life by preventing these illnesses. There are a few common diseases that all dog owners should be aware of. There are many articles and research compiled on dog vaccines and health. Here is just one source from PetMD where you can start your own research!
Here is the breakdown the most common viruses and diseases:
Rabies: This is a virus that causes neurologic disease that is fatal for domestic pets, wildlife & people. Most notably transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. This one is required by US law in order to have possession of your animal.
DAP: This stands for Distemper/Adenovirus (Hepatitis)/Parvovirus. These are all highly contagious and infectious and can result in severe neurologic damage, pneumonia, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, encephalitis, upper respiratory tract infections, as well as liver failure, kidney failure, ocular disease, and sometimes death.
Bordetella: Bordetella and K9 PARAinfluenza are commonly known as the highly contagious "kennel cough." Sometimes these can lead to pneumonia or more severe respiratory disease. Dogs that frequent doggy daycares or boarding must have this vaccine.
K9 Influenza: This is caused by two identified strains of the virus, H3N2 & H3N8. Highly contagious and causes cough, nasal discharge and low-grade fever in dogs.
Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease that can cause severe kidney or liver failure in both dogs and people. It is transmitted via the urine of infected animals.
Lyme Disease: A tick-borne disease that can cause fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, shifting leg lameness and possible kidney failure. This one is recommended for those living or traveling to areas with a known lyme disease endemic.
Constant monitoring and regular vet checks are recommended. Particularly for puppies, they should be visiting the vet every 6 weeks until they are about 4 months old. Some regions in your state or country may require additional vaccinations as there are localized diseases or pests unique to that area. Contact your vet before traveling to be sure you are not only keeping your dog safe, but ensuring entry to your place of travel.
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