What diseases do dogs get?

RABIES – The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. Vaccination is the most effective means of control. The first rabies vaccination is given at 16-weeks of age, boostered 12-months later, and subsequently every three years afterwards.

CANINE DISTEMPER – A highly contagious viral disease found wherever dogs are found. It affects the respiratory and nervous system and is often fatal. Vaccination should begin at 6 to 12 weeks of age since dogs often contract the disease at an early age.

CANINE PARVOVIRUS – A viral disease usually causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in dogs of all ages but is especially deadly in puppies.

CANINE CORONAVIRUS – Highly contagious and can weaken dogs by causing severe diarrhea and vomiting. The disease is sometimes confused with parvovirus. The two diseases may occur simultaneously in which case symptoms are more severe.

CANINE PARA-INFLUENZA – A viral respiratory disease often partly responsible for “kennel cough” in dogs. Infection can be severe in young puppies. Para-influenza protection is often included in distemper-parvo vaccines.

CANINE ADENOVIRUS TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 – The Type 1 infection causes infectious hepatitis which may lead to severe kidney damage. Type 2 can be a complicating factor in kennel cough.

CANINE LEPTOSPIROSIS – Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease carried by many wild animals. a dog can contract the disease from infected animals or by drinking contaminated water. Yearly vaccines limits your dog’s chances of acquiring the disease.

CANINE BORRELIOSIS (LYME DISEASE) – Is an infection caused by a bacteria which is spread primarily by the painless bite of an infected tick. Symptoms of Borreliosis in the dog include fever, lethargy, muscle stiffness, depression and lack of appetite. In more severe cases, lameness occurs as a result of severe musculoskeletal or arthritic type joint pain.

CANINE BORDETELLA – Frequently involved in kennel cough complex, this bacterial infection may occur simultaneously with distemper, adenovirus type 2 infection, parainfluenza and other respiratory infections. This vaccine should be given to any dog  being kenneled, taken to pet day care centers or groomers or are around other dogs. The Bordetella vaccine is given as an intra-nasal vaccine for the first time. The vaccine is then boostered every 6-months with an injectable version.

CANINE/FELINE GIARDIASIS – Is caused by a waterborne parasite called Giardia Lamblia. The parasite is found in untreated water, i.e. puddles, ponds and creeks. symptoms include severe diarrhea, weight loss, fever, dehydration and nausea.