Diseases Protected Against With Proper Vaccinations
Distemper: A highly contagious, often fatal virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Generally, the distemper virus spreads as an airborne infection, so vaccination is the only effective method of control.
Adenovirus: Also known as hepatitis, this is a viral disease that affects the liver and cells lining blood vessels. It causes fever, thirst, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, liver damage and hemorrhage.
Parvovirus: This is a common and deadly viral infection with symptoms that include diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Parvovirus can kill young puppies extremely quickly.
Parainfluenza: A highly infectious virus that attacks the respiratory system.
Rabies: This is a fatal infection of the central nervous system. It is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies attacks nervous system tissue and can cause paralysis and death. Some symptoms include changes in behavior – such as excitability and aggression – followed by paralysis. This disease is transmittable to humans. The rabies vaccine is regulated by Colorado and is required for cats and dogs by State Law.
Bordetella: Also known as Kennel Cough, this is a very contagious respiratory disease that may last for several days to weeks. The most prominent symptom is a dry, harsh, hacking cough. Typically this disease is spread from dog to dog in close confinement. Most kennels and groomers require that a dog be vaccinated for bordetella.
Leptospirosis: This disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to people from an infected pet. It is caused by a spiral shaped bacteria and is spread through contact with wild animals and their urine. It is also frequently found in areas around ponds and lakes or some rivers. This lethal disease can cause failure of the kidneys or liver.
Canine Influenza: A relatively new vaccine that is now recommended due to increased incidence of disease in Colorado. It is a highly contagious viral infection that attacks the respiratory system and has similar symptoms to bordetella, but can be more serious and prolonged. It is spread through contact with contaminated animals or objects, and animals are most contagious the first few days of contact and when they don’t show any symptoms. Canine flu (H3N8) is a different strain from human flu and cannot be spread between animals and people