Avoid Infection by Protection
Maintaining regular dental care, worming and flea treatments, are just a few of the many ways that can help towards your pets’ well-being. Another very important part in their general healthcare, are their primary vaccinations and annual boosters, as these are protection against potentially infectious diseases.
How important are vaccinations?
We all want to protect our pets from illness and keep infectious diseases at a low level in the animal community. Infectious diseases are spread via direct contact with or where an infected animal has been, so vaccination is vital for our pets. Your dog is a social creature that enjoys walks, playing with other canine friends, and having a good sniff around. Should your pet have zero protection, they could be at risk from distressing and sadly often fatal diseases such as:
Canine Distemper (Hardpad)
Spread from dog to dog via tiny airborne droplets, and can produce fever, pneumonia coughing, heavy nasal/eye discharge to diarrhoea and seizures. It can also affect the nervous system.
Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease)
This is contracted via infected urine or water where rats have been. It affects the liver, but can also involve the kidneys. Signs can include lethargy, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and jaundice. Unfortunately in severe cases, it can be fatal within hours.
Spread via the infected urine of foxes and dogs. Symptoms range from loss of appetite to vomiting, with the kidneys affected. If they survive the illness, kidney failure can follow in later years.
Spread via infected faeces, this virus can survive in the environment for long periods of time. It is particularly unpleasant and distressing for the animal and produces severe vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and a reluctance to eat or drink. It is often fatal, especially for puppies.
Canine Viral Hepatitis
Transmitted through dog-to-dog contact and causes fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, depression and jaundice, plus long-term liver damage should the dog survive.
A type of infectious bronchitis, spread by airborne droplets, especially where canines gather at boarding kennels, training classes and dog shows, where there is lots of nose-to-nose contact. Kennel cough is not fatal, but can infect dogs of all ages, and unfortunately in some cases, serious complications may arise in the young, weak or elderly. It causes a dry, hacking and unpleasant cough, sometimes accompanied with sneezing and a runny nose, which can last for many weeks.
A virus, which is one of the main causes of Kennel Cough and in very young, old or weak dogs it can develop into pneumonia.
When to Vaccinate
A puppy’s primary course can begin at eight weeks, with two vaccinations given not less than two weeks apart, which are quick and simple to administer. If you have just acquired a new adult dog, or feel your pets’ annual boosters have lapsed, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice or for further information on vaccinations.