Vaccinations your dog regularly, it gives your dog long-term protection against serious and sometimes fatal infectious diseases.
A vaccine works by mimicking either the particular virus or the bacteria that causes disease. This then provides your pet with it’s own immune response, so that it is ready and prepared to fight any future infection if faced with that same virus or bacteria.
Your vet should be able to advise you on the type of vaccinations your dog should receive and how often. Generally, puppies can begin vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
Puppy vaccines are given as part of a series of injections to stimulate optimum immune response. Thereafter booster vaccinations at regular intervals, as recommended by your vet, are strongly advised to ensure continuing immunity.
The following are some of the diseases that can be vaccinated against:
A globally widespread and contagious viral disease. It is potentially fatal and spread through ingestion of infected faeces. Clinical signs range from no symptoms at all to fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea. Vaccination is critical to ensure prevention and to control the spread of the disease.
A highly contagious viral disease and can be fatal. It generally affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, but always begins with a fever. It is spread as an airborne infection and vaccination is the only effective means of control.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Another worldwide contagious viral disease can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from fever, thirst and loss of appetite to hemorrhage and liver damage, but rarely results in death. Infection is spread through ingestion of infected urine, faeces or saliva. It can be prevented by vaccination.
A worldwide bacterial and potentially fatal disease. Transmission generally occurs from direct contact with infected urine or contaminated water, with rats the main carriers of disease, if contracted it can cause rapid and fatal kidney and liver damage to your dog.
It is also possible for humans to contract this disease (Weil’s Disease).
Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough)
A highly contagious, but generally mild disease which can be caused by a spectrum of infectious agents, including canine parainfluenza virus, canine adenovirus and a bacteria called Bordatella bronchiseptica.
It predominantly causes inflammation of the throat, but can progress to the lungs. The main symptom is a dry, harsh, non-productive cough, which can be followed by retching or gagging. This vaccine is especially important for those dogs attending regular shows or going into boarding kennels.
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