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                  Lets talk about the Bordetella vaccine.

The Bordetella vaccine is a noncore vaccine that is given to dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs in boarding or social settings. Canine facilities, such as dog daycare centers, boarding kennels, shows, dog parks, and training classes often require dogs to have the vaccine. This is because Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common bacterial agent responsible for kennel cough in dogs.

Bordetella bronchiseptica causes inflammation of your dog’s upper respiratory system. This inflammation leads to coughing and illness and can expose your dog to secondary infections. However, you probably won’t hear anybody telling you that your dog has Bordetella bronchiseptica. Instead, most veterinarians and canine professionals call the disease kennel cough, which can lead to some confusion about what the Bordetella vaccine is for.

           Lets talk about the DHPPV (Distemper) vaccine 

DHPPV (Distemper)

Distemper is an airborne virus that violently attacks your dog's nervous system and causes them to have symptoms such as coughing, vomiting, and sometimes even seizures. Because of how dangerous this infection is, it's essential that all dogs are DHPPV vaccinated. While it is likely for secondary infections to be cured, the vast majority of Distemper cases are untreatable and incurable. Distemper is a serious neurological disease, so make sure to vaccinate your puppies with DHPPV as soon as possible.

The Letter H Stands for Hepatitis

Hepatitis is also commonly referred to as the type 2 canine adenovirus, which is abbreviated as A2. This is why you sometimes may see the DHPPV vaccine referred to as DA2PPV. Just like the human disease, hepatitis attacks the dog's liver and can easily be contracted by exposure to urine, blood, or feces of dogs that have the disease. Since dogs use their noses to evaluate and sniff the surroundings, it makes them more prone to contacting this disease. Symptoms such as poor immune system response and diarrhea are common signs of this disease.

The First P Is for Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is an upper respiratory infection that is common for dogs. It can be compared to the common cold or cough in humans. The most basic symptoms of this include eye or nasal discharge, laboured breathing, and coughing.

The Second P Stands for Parvo virus

Parvo virus is an extremely contagious and often deadly disease that can live in soils without a host for many years. The virus will be replicating itself in the dog's cells for close to a month, and only after that will they show symptoms and signs of infection. If you believe that your dog has been exposed to this virus, bring him to the local vet's office and have him tested and vaccinated with the proper dose of DHPPV vaccines.

 

The Last Letter in DHPPV Stands for Virus

That's all the V signifies. For example, CPV is a term that stands for the Canine Parvovirus and is a common abbreviation for vaccines that only cover Parvo. The full name of DHPPV, in this case, would be Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and the Parvo Virus.

DHPPV is one of the most important puppy vaccinations you can get for your dog to protect them in the future. For more information, contact a local vet. 

 

 

Lets learn about the Rabies vaccine that your dogs get annually!

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats, dogs and humans. This preventable disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii, and annually causes the deaths of more than 50,000 humans and millions of animals worldwide. There’s good reason that the very word “rabies” evokes fear in people-once symptoms appear, rabies is close to 100-percent fatal.

How Would My dog Get Rabies?

There are several reported routes of transmission of the rabies virus. Rabies is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Less frequently, it can be passed on when the saliva of an infected animal enters another animal’s body through mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound.

The risk for contracting rabies runs highest if your dog is exposed to wild animals. Outbreaks can occur in populations of wild animals (most often raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes in this country) or in areas where there are significant numbers of unvaccinated, free-roaming dogs and cats. In the United States, rabies is reported in cats more than in any domestic species.

What Are the General Symptoms of Rabies?

Animals will not show signs immediately following exposure to a rabid animal. Symptoms can be varied and can take months to develop. Classic signs of rabies in dogs are changes in behavior (including aggression, restlessness and lethargy), increased vocalization, loss of appetite, weakness, disorientation, paralysisseizures and even sudden death.

Which dogs Are the Most at Risk for Getting Rabies?

Unvaccinated dogs who are allowed to roam outdoors are at the highest risk for rabies infection. Outdoor dogs may, in the course of daily life, get into a fight with an infected wild animal or an infected stray dog or cat. And although widespread vaccination programs have helped to control rabies in dogs, feral dog populations remain a reservoir host for the rabies virus.

How Is Rabies Diagnosed?

There is no accurate test to diagnose rabies in live animals. The direct fluorescent antibody test is the most accurate test for diagnosis, but it can only be performed after the death of the animal. The rabies virus can incubate in a cat’s body anywhere from just one week to more than a year before becoming active. When the virus does become active, symptoms appear quickly.

**It is the only vaccine that is legally required**

Lets learn about canine vaccines!

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