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SPOTLIGHT NEWS by Dr. Kramer
There are some bad diseases out there that can affect our canine friends. Vaccinating our pets is amongst the most important things we can do to prevent these contagious illnesses.
Dogs do not have to be socializing with other dogs to get sick. Many viruses are in the environment, and leave our pets vulnerable to exposure.
DA2PP (the "Distemper shot") is a combination of viruses that can make a dog extremely ill. Distemper affects the respiratory and neurologic systems, Even with aggressive treatment, it may not be possible to save a dog. Canine Parvovirus is a disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, and is passed through infected stool. The vaccine for both these viruses is very effective in preventing illness.The only time we see these diseases, is in unvaccinated animals. After the initial puppy series, and a booster the following year, the "Distemper shot" is given once every 3 years for the rest of the dogs life.
Leptospirosis is a disease carried by rodents and racoons. It causes kidney and liver failure, and may also be passed to people. Treatment involves hospitalization with antibiotic and fluid therapy. It is much easier to prevent by vaccinating, than it is to treat.
Lyme disease is very similar in dogs and people. It causes lameness, and can affect the kidneys. It is carried by the Deer Tick. We have a very effective vaccine, and combined with tick control, it is a disease that is very preventable.
Two respiratory diseases, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza are easily preventable diseases. They are passed through coughing and sneezing, and are most common in areas where dogs get together.
Last, but most important, is Rabies. This vaccine is required by law, as it is definitely a disease with potential human transmission. After the first year booster, it is given every 3 years. Wild animals, including bats, are the means by which it is transmitted, and prevention is key, as there is no cure for Rabies.
Be sure to call with any questions regarding the health of your dog. We are very happy to discuss your needs, and to help keep your pets healthy.