Congratulations on your new Puppy! We are here to help you with everything there is to know. From training to vaccines, we have put together a list of helpful resources and links to provide you with everything necessary. Always feel free to give us a call with any other unanswered questions.
Keeping your dog healthy is important in many ways. understanding the vaccine your pet receives is key for pet owners.The number ONE reason to vaccinate your pet is to keep them free from disease that could potentially make them very sick or even become life threatening.
- DAPPv - Commonly referred to as "canine Distemper" combines 4 diseases we want to protect against.
- D = Distemper - An often fatal virus that attack the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system of dogs. Most commonly spread through the air when an infected dog or wildlife cough/sneeze. Infected animals can spread the vaccine for months after exposure. Symptoms include coughing/sneezing, vomiting/diarrhea, fever, seizures, and poor appetite.
- A = Adenovirus - Also known as infectious canine Hepatitis, causing respiratory disease in dogs. Symptoms can include fever and severe liver disease.
- P = Parainfluenza - A virus resulting in severe upper respiratory infection and potential pneumonia. Parainfluenza is highly contagious. Symptoms can include sneezing/coughing, nasal/eye discharge, fever, and loss of appetite.
- PV = Parvo Virus - A highly contagious and serious disease that affects a dogs gastrointestinal system. It is a highly resilient virus that can contaminate almost any surface. It is resistant to heat, cold, humidity, and even a trace amount of feces from an infected dog may harbor the virus. Symptoms can include lethargy, vomiting, severe diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
*DAPPv is given to your puppy in 3 series. Each booster is given 3-4 weeks apart and are usually given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age.
- Lyme (Borrelia Burgdorferi) - Transmitted through the bite of infected blacklegged tick (aka deer ticks). Clinical signs of lyme disease can include fever, lethargy, anorexia, and joint pain/swelling.
* The Lyme vaccine does need to be boostered when given for the first time. After initial vaccine, a booster will be given in 3-4 weeks then the vaccine is given annually.
- Leptosporosis - A zoonotic disease (meaning it can be spread from animals to people) shed through the urine of infected wildlife. This disease can be found worldwide in soil and water (i.e. lakes, creeks, stagnant puddles, etc.). Symptoms include fever, muscle tenderness, loss of appetite, vomiting/diarrhea, and lethargy.
*The Leptosporosis vaccine does need to be boostered when given for the first time. After initial vaccine, a booster is given in 3-4 weeks the the vaccine is given annually.
- Bordetella (aka "Kennel Cough") - A virus that causes inflammation of a dog's upper respiratory system leading to cough and illness.