Preventative Vaccines

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Nov 07

The duration of immunity conferred by vaccination is different for the various diseases for which your dog is immunized. The DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) vaccine is protective for 3 years after the first adult booster. Some rabies vaccines are also protective for 3 years after the first adult booster. The Leptospirosis vaccine protects for only one year. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that can be spread from wildlife to dogs and from dogs to humans. Bordetella vaccine can protect up to one year but is recommended every 6 months for dogs with frequent exposure such as boarding, grooming, day care or dog parks.

Bordetella: Kennel Cough
The most prevalent upper respiratory problem in dogs in the United States and is highly contagious in dogs. Dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a ‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. Many times there is a recent history of boarding or coming in contact with other dogs.

DHPP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus
Distemper Virus – Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord. This disease is nearly 100% fatal.
Hepatitis – Canine adenovirus affects the liver and can cause loss of vision.
Parainfluenza – Viral infection of the respiratory system.
Parvovirus – Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies. Can be fatal even with treatment.

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine, especially from livestock and rodents. Leptospirisis is more prevalent in warmer climates.

Rabies Vaccination
Rabies is widespread in the state of Texas. In all states rabies vaccinations are required by law. Vaccinating your pet for rabies may save its life for two reasons; rabies is a threat in many areas and it is a fatal disease. In addition, an unvaccinated pet that bites a human, even by accident, is subject to long quarantine periods or even death for the purpose of testing for a rabies infection.

Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8 & H3N2)
Canine influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It can be mild to severe causing nasal discharge or even pnuemonia. This vaccine is recommend for pets that have frequent exposure to other animals such as during boarding, grooming, daycare, and/or dog parks.