Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, this does not protect them for life, as adults they will require yearly vaccinations to maintain immunity against disease.
At Ravenswood Vets we recommend puppies have a course of 3 vaccines received at 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age. This vaccination course will protect your puppy from 5 serious and potentially fatal diseases, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Bordatella Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza. At 12 weeks of age we can also give a Proheart Vaccine which protects your pup against deadly Heartworm.
A series of vaccines is necessary for puppies due to a presence of maternal antibodies that the pup receives from drinking their mother's milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the pup's system over time, but while present they can neutralise the vaccine.
Adult Dog Vaccination
Unfortunately the vaccination course given to puppies does not protect them for life, so annual boosters are required as adults. These annual boosters are also important as it allows a veterinarian to give them a thorough examination making sure your pet is in perfect condition.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may not "be themselves" for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet puppy or dog.
Infectious diseases of dogs that we can vaccinate against
Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloodstained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care.
Parvocirus is extremely contagious, it is not necessary to have direct contact with other dogs for the disease to be spread. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment needs to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs. Outbreaks occur regularly throughout Pinjarra and Mandurah, especially in summer.
Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age with young puppies being at highest risk.
Symptoms vary but can include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremors, fits and paralysis usually occur later in the disease. Treatment is usually ineffective and the recovery rate is very low. Dogs that do recover may have permanent brain damage.
Canine hepatitis is a viral disease which, like distemper is extremely contagious and often fatal. Dogs of any age can become infected, however severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age.
Symptoms include high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases death can occur within 24 to 36 hours. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months.
Canine cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread where ever dogs congregate, such as parks, shows, obedience schools and boarding kennels. Among the infectious agents associated with canine cough is the bacterium known as Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine viruses parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 and distemper.
Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for dogs and their owners. It is a major problem for working and sporting dogs. Pneumonia can also be a consequence of infection.