The health of the pups at Fitdog is very important to us! There are countless infectious diseases dogs can be exposed to if they are not properly vaccinated. Before a dog can stay at daycare or overnight, they must be vaccinated for DHPP, Bordetella, and Rabies.
A DHPP shot covers Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza.
Here is a quick description of what each disease is to understand why we require the vaccinations in order to protect not only your own dog but also, the other dogs here at Fitdog.
Canine Distemper is a viral illness that is highly contagious between pups. It attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system – making them feel very sluggish. Canine Distemper can be transmitted through the air, through direct contact with an infected animal or through contaminated objects. Symptoms include high fever, runny eyes and/or nose, coughing, loss of appetite, shaking, unsteadiness, and seizures. The virus can be treated if caught early, but often leaves permanent brain damage and can be fatal.
Canine adenovirus-1 causes canine infectious hepatitis, a serious disease that affects the liver. Canine adenovirus-2 causes respiratory disease and is one of the infectious agents commonly associated with canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough.
Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and is transmitted through oral contact with infected feces. Dogs with this virus need to visit a veterinarian immediately – especially puppies under the age of one. Signs that your dog is infected include, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, decreased activity level and decreased appetite. The best chance for recovery is early detection and an aggressive treatment system – that will most likely require your dog to be hospitalized. Some other treatments are intravenous fluid, electrolyte therapy, antibiotics, anti-vomiting medications, and nutritional support.
This is not the same strain of influenza that we get as humans. This particular strain may still attack the respiratory system, but it only affects dogs. It’s most easily spread through contaminated objects or contact with infected dogs. Signs that your pup is infected include a long-lasting cough, runny nose, and a mild fever. In more serious cases the infection may progress to pneumonia. It is easily treated with rest, food, water and separation from other dogs so the virus does not continue to spread.
Rabies is a fatal viral infection of the brain and nerves that is typically passed through bites from infected animals, like raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. There are several signs that can point to the disease. If you see aggressive behavior, anxious demeanor, drooling, seizures, paralysis and a weakening or uncoordinated body, be sure to get your dog to their vet right away.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium that causes respiratory disease in dogs. It is one of the most common bacterial causes of kennel cough. Bordetella is highly contagious, easily transmitted through direct contact or the air, and resistant to destruction in the environment.
It is important to remember all diseases are preventable with proper vaccinations and home care. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian about your dog’s health and ask any questions or concerns you have about either the vaccinations or the infections.