Puppy & Dog Vaccination – Diseases and Symptoms

Fatal Dog Diseases

One way to get them read is by getting them vaccine shots. Common dog vaccinations prevent some of the most fatal canine diseases such as Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parainfluenza.


These three diseases  can be deadly, not to mention highly uncomfortable and/or painful for your pet once they’ve started showing symptoms.  These symptoms include:


1. Infectious Hepatitis (Canine Adenovirus)


This has extremely severe symptoms, including high fever, abdominal infection, coughing, liver inflammation, loss of appetite, and depression. This disease is extremely contagious.  Majority got through shared bodily fluids and direct contact.


Even sharing similar toys, cages, food/drink bowls, etc. can be an easy avenue for contracting canine hepatitis.


And while the first puppy or mature dog to catch the virus can recover, the virus can hang around their system for up to six months, making other dogs vulnerable


Vaccinations can prevent this disease, which is often fatal in young pups within only 36 hours.


2. Parvovirus


Parvovirus, generally shortened to “parvo,” is a fast-moving virus that is also highly contagious. Symptoms vary but can show through high fever, intense abdominal pain, consistent vomiting, and diarrhea.


Unfortunately, parvo is a tough virus to control. It can survive for up to a year, in common areas such as parks, kennels and show grounds. It only takes contact with contaminated dirt or feces to pass along parvo, which makes it a risky virus to prevent.  


Therefore, getting your puppy vaccinated is vital to their health and survival. Parvo has a very high mortality rate, leaving them unable to fight longer than a few days.


3. Canine Distemper


While canine distemper is less common than the previous two diseases, the infection can be passed along for months.


Symptoms such as red eyes, watery discharge from the eyes and nose, and a high fever are all signals of this transmittable disease. The infection can affect the brain, the spinal cord, and the respiratory tract. Getting your dog vaccinated can prevent your lovable pooch from ever having to undergo such pain and trauma.  


The condition causes serious symptoms such as convulsions, progressive paralysis, brain damage and can lead to death.


Given the above symptoms would cause pain, discomfort and even death to your pet, it’s highly recommended that you take care of them at an early age and get their vaccines.


Strengthen Their Immune Systems


Thankfully, some of the most common dog diseases are preventable. You, the pet owner, simply need to step up and make a vet appointment to have the immunizations given — a task that’s far easier than many may assume.


Just be sure to keep immunization records up-to-date.


How do vaccines work? The vaccines use a small amount of germs (or cells that mimic germs) to challenge the animal’s immune system. As the canine’s body attacks the invasive strain, the animal can fight off the few germs and then be well – equipped to adapt to any stronger strains later.


Protect Your Pet With the Best Vaccinations


The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) endorses multiple sets of necessary vaccines, which are labeled as “core” and “non-core” vaccines.


There are three core dog vaccines, referred to as C3. These include the usual vaccines for parvovirus, canine distemper, and hepatitis. These are necessary to protect your pet from diseases.


On the other hand, non-core vaccines are more appropriate for dogs whose lifestyle or environment put them at risk to other diseases. These include shots for bortadella and parainfluenza, big factors in becoming afflicted with kennel cough.


The most common vaccination treatments are:


  • C3 (core) = Parvovirus, distemper and infectious hepatitis
  • C4 = C3 + parainfluenza virus
  • C5 = C4 + Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • C6 = C4 + corona virus and leptospirosis
  • C7 = C5 + corona virus and leptospirosis


The basic C3 vaccination costs between $60-70, while the highest C7 combination is worth $100. If you have any questions regarding vaccinations and their prices, please feel free to ask any of our friendly staff for assistance. Having pet insurance and medical help on hand complement the vaccine in giving your pet complete protection.  


To get your puppy started on their vaccinations, you should schedule their first appointment between 6-8 weeks of age. The follow-up second and third treatments can then take place every four weeks.


Once your pet begins to reach maturity, annual cough vaccinations and boosters should be administered. Meanwhile, the C3 immunization only needs to be given every three years to keep your friendly canine in tip-top shape.


Given that vaccines are readily available to prevent the above mentioned diseases, you should take advantage and keep your pet healthy, so you can share a lot of good times.