Common Illnesses

No animal is immune to illness but with proper vaccinations it will always help prevent many common illnesses that pets may contract. Here is a list of several illnesses that are common in your pets.

 

Distemper

Symptoms: Shows in two ways: Initially distemper in dogs typically appears as an upper respiratory disease with sneezing and eye discharge. Then it can develop into pneumonia or can lead to neurological problems such as a fatal encephalopathy (brain damage).  Read More>>

 

Giardia

Symptoms: Giardiasis can cause diarrhea, vomiting or any other signs of illness. The diarrhea may be intermittent. Most dogs do not have a fever but may be less active. The disease is not usually life-threatening unless the dog’s immune system is immature or immunocompromised. Read More>>

 

Kennel Cough

Bacterial infection or canine parainfluenza viruses, both of which are airborne, cause kennel cough in dogs — also known as infectious tracheobronchitis. Read More>>

 

Leptospirosis

This bacterial disease can affect the kidneys and the liver and is transmitted through contaminated water and infected urine. Your puppy can be vaccinated against leptospirosis at 10 to 12 weeks, then again at 13 to 15 weeks. Be aware that not all clinics vaccinate for leptospirosis, so ask your veterinarian if it's appropriate for your puppy. Read More>>

 

Parvovirus a.k.a. Parvo

The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration. Read More>>