We recommend dogs be vaccinated for Distemper/Parvovirus (coombination vaccine), Bordetella, and Rabies.
Canine Distemper is a viral disease transmittable through the air. Exposure to infected animals can put your pet at risk. The disease affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, andthe central nervous system as the disease progresses. Symptoms can include lethargy, nasal discharge, coughing, and vomiting and diarrhea. Twitches, loss of vision, and even seizures can also occur.
Parvovirus is transmittable through the feces of infected dogs. Ingesting feces or being in contact with a surface that had contact with contaminated feces can put your pet at risk of becoming infected. Parvovirus can remain active in the environment for a long period of time (years). Symptoms of Parvovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and pets often become lethargic.
Rabies is transmitted through saliva by the bite of an animal that is infected. The virus targets the central nervous system resulting in behavioral changes. These changes can include aggression, anxiety, slow loss of control of limbs, and distortion of the face.
Bordetella is more commonly known as kennel cough and is spread through close contact with infected dogs. Kennel cough is commonly contracted in areas where there are a large number of dogs such as boarding facilities, shelters, and dog parks. Signs include coughing, runny eyes and nose, and dogs may become lethargic.
Rabies is a fatal disease. Distemper and Parvovirus can be treated until the virus runs its course. These treatments are expensive and outcome is not always favorable. Kennel cough can be treated with cough suppressants and is not typically life threatening. It is similar to having a cold. By vaccinating your pets you are able to protect them from these disease and save yourself costly medical bills.
To learn more about when to vaccinate your pets feel free to call and our staff can help to set up an appropriate vaccine schedule.