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 Parvovirus* -

This highly contagious virus causes diarrhea and vomiting which often leads to death.  Parvo is seen most commonly in puppies, though unvaccinated dogs of any age may be affected.  The virus is most commonly spread through contaminated feces, and it can be carried on a dog's hair and feet, as well as on contaminated cages, shoes and other objects.  Parvovirus is also very hardy in the environment and 
contamination of your yard or public spaces (parks, apartment grounds, rental houses or your own yard) can cause disease even years later. 

Rabies -

Rabies is a contagious virus that affects the nervous system of ANY warm-blooded animal (including humans).  Once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.  The virus is spread through the saliva of infected animals, usually through bite wounds.  Because it is transmissible to humans and fatal once acquired, ALL dogs are REQUIRED BY LAW to be vaccinated against rabies by the age of 16 weeks and to maintain current rabies vaccine status for life. 

*Puppies and unvaccinated dogs are especially susceptible to the above diseases, particularly if exposed to a group environment.  The diseases can all be vaccinated against with a combination vaccine that protects against all of the viruses.  All dogs should receive this combination vaccination on an annual basis.

Dog Diseases

Distemper* -

Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease.  It affects the respiratory and nervous systems, causing fever, lethargy, coughing, vomiting,  diarrhea, seizures and eventually death.  Treatment is rarely effective.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough) -

This highly contagious disease may be caused by several organisms, most commonly bordatella, parainfluenza and adenovirus type 2.  Symptoms include severe coughing spells, sometimes followed by gagging or vomiting.


Canine Influenza -

This influenza virus is highly contagious, and most exposed dogs will develop some level of disease. Mild symptoms may include a severe hacking cough that does not respond to cough suppressants and / or green nasal discharge that can last from 10 to 30 days; more severe cases may develop high fever and pneumonia.  Severely affected animals may develop complications that can lead to death.


This disease is caused by ingestion of a small organism that is shed in the urine of infected rats, wildlife and domestic livestock.; this organism is found naturally in the environment because it is perpetuated in rats, wildlife and domestic livestock.  Dogs can become infected if they sniff out infected urine or drink water that has been contaminated by infected urine.  The disease may cause high fevers, depression and joint pain; it can also result in severe liver and/or kidney damage.

 Hepatitis* -

Hepatitis is a contagious disease of the liver.  Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Hepatitis can also cause severe kidney damage.

Lyme Disease -

This devastating bacterial disease can cause permanent and painful disabilities in dogs.  Symptoms include arthritis, sudden onset of severe pain and lameness, swelling of joints, fever, lethargy, depression and loss of appetite.   Severe forms may also affect the heart, kidneys and brain.  This organism is transmitted by ticks.

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