Canine Care Schedule
Puppies and adult dogs are vulnerable to many diseases if they are not properly vaccinated. It is imperative that owners complete the vaccination protocols necessary to ensure their pet is given every opportunity to live a long healthy life. This is especially true in the first weeks of life for a puppy. There are multiple vaccines a puppy needs to receive between six and seventeen weeks of age. Your veterinarian will recommend a series of vaccinations in order to prevent the onset of certain diseases. Along with vaccines, routine physical examinations, dental care and spay and neuter education can all be provided by Animal Medical Center.
The following is a list of some of the common infectious diseases you can help protect your puppy from contracting by following a vaccine protocol:
Distemper - A highly contagious, often fatal virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. The Distemper virus generally spreads as airborne infection or with the contact of an infected animals feces or urine. Vaccination is the only effective control.
Parvovirus - A highly contagious viral infection spread by contact with virus infected body secretions such as blood, feces or vomit. This disease strikes quickly, causing damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and can cause sudden death in some cases.
Parainfluenza - A highly contagious disease that speads via contact or airborne transmission. The disease attacks the respiratory system.
Rabies - A fatal viral infection of the central nervous system that affects mammals, including humans. Though it is usually transmitted through the bite of an already infected animal, it can be spread when the saliva of the rabid animal comes in contact with broken skin. Rabies vaccinations are required in most states.
Bordatella - A bacterial infection involved in infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) and spread by airborne bacteria. A dog may catch this disease through contact with other dogs at dog parks, kennels or any area where many dogs frequent.
Leptospirosis - An extremely contagious disease that spreads through contact with nasal secretions, urine or saliva of infected animals. Symptoms include fever, vomiting and diarrhea. This disease can cause permanent kidney damage.