C A N I N E S
Here is a list of vaccinations offered at our hospital for canines, and general information about the viruses they fight.
DHLPP 5-way vaccine
(Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus)
- Distemper virus can attack multiple organ systems including the nervous system. This is a life threatening disease if your pet is not protected against it.
- Hepatitis means inflammation of the li ver . After entering the blood stream, this virus attacks the cells of the liver, eyes, kidneys and the inner linings of blood vessels throughout the body.
- Leptospirosis can attack multiple organ systems and has been known to cause kidney failure. Dogs who will be spending time in rural areas, especially around livestock, have particular susceptibility to this disease. This component of the vaccine is known to cause an increased incidence of vaccine reactions so depending on your pet's situation, we can decide what will be best (the DHPP vaccine is also offered, which excludes the Leptospirosis portion).
- Parainfluenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease very often mistaken for kennel cough. Factors that may exacerbate the potential for contracting this disease are high humidity, drafts and environmental conditions.
- Parvovirus is present in many public environments. This virus attacks the intestinal lining causing a severe and often life threatening bloody diarrhea.
Rabies is a serious viral disease seen in mammals that adversely affects the central nervous system, leading to death. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.
Lyme is a disease caused by a bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, and is spread by ticks. It can cause polyarthritis, lethargy, and high fevers. It is recommended your dog get a lyme vaccination if there is a high exposure to ticks in areas where lyme is prevalent.
Bordetella is a vaccination used to protect your dog against kennel cough, which is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness. Bordetella is often required for boarding facilites and training classes.
Leptospirosis can attack multiple organ systems and has been known to cause kidney failure. Dogs who will be spending time in rural areas, especially around livestock, have particular susceptibility to this disease.
For information on what to expect after your pet is vaccinated, please click here .