9 Dog Diseases You Can Prevent
You want to keep your dogs healthy. And part of overall health is prevention.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends creating a core vaccine program for your dog. It should include vaccines that protect against some of the most highly infectious and deadly diseases. The AVMA says there is not a one-size-fits-all protocol for vaccination so it's important to work with your personal veterinarian to figure out what your pets need.
We've put together a list of some of the most devastating diseases that are preventable through vaccination:
Canine DistemperTransmitted by direct or indirect contact with the discharges from an infected dog's eyes, nose or urine. Widespread, highly contagious and usually deadly, even among older dogs. A primary killer of puppies. Read Distemper in Dogs for more information.
Canine Adenovirus Type 1 & 2Hepatitis is caused by Adenovirus type-1 and attacks the liver. Transmitted through contact with objects contaminated by urine, saliva and feces. Early signs are similar to distemper. Adenovirus type-2 is a respiratory infection that may be associated with kennel cough.
Canine ParainfluenzaMild respiratory tract infection transmitted through contact with nasal secretions. Infection is more severe in young puppies.
Canine ParvovirusHighly resistant virus withstands extreme temperature changes and exposure to most disinfectants. May cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. A highly contagious disease and especially dangerous for puppies. Read Parvo in Dogs and Puppies for more information.
Canine CoronavirusA highly contagious, but mild and self-limiting intestinal disease that occasionally will cause death. Causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs of all ages, but is seen most often in young puppies.
Canine LeptospirosisLepto is an infectious bacterial disease transmitted by contact with infected urine from rodents and other animals. Can be spread to humans as well as other animals and may cause permanent kidney damage. It's recommended to use a 4-way canine leptospirosis vaccine. Read Leptospirosis in Dogs for more information.
Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough)A bacterial respiratory tract infection transmitted by nasal and oral secretions. Harsh, non-productive cough may last one to three weeks. Bordetella infections can occur alone or in combination with other respiratory problems. Read Kennel Cough Symptoms and Treatment for more information.
Canine Borreliosis (Lyme Disease)Bacterial infection spread by a bite from an infected tick. Symptoms include fever, lethargy and muscle stiffness. Lameness can occur in more severe cases. Read Lyme Disease in Dogs for more information.
RabiesThe most feared disease and is almost always fatal. Attacks the brain and central nervous system. Transmitted to humans through a bite or scratch by an infected animal. Read Rabies in Dogs and Cats for more information.
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