This is a very common and highly contagious virus that can be passed to your dog without ever coming in contact with other dogs. It can even be brought in to your home on the soles of your shoes and transmitted to your dog. This virus causes vomiting and bloody diarrhoea with death within a few days. Vaccination against this disease is the single most important action you can do for your dog. This can be done from 6 weeks old and then annually thereafter.
There are many varying symptoms of this viral disease depending on the organ effected. Symptoms include respiratory problems, neurological signs such as twitching, paralysis and fits, diarrhoea, dental deformities and skin problems.
This is a viral infection that effects the liver causing depression, abdominal pain leading to permanent liver damage and death. The kidneys, spleen and eyes can be effected in severe cases.
Leptospirosis (Weil's Disease)
Mainly picked up from stagnant water or the urine of rats or infected dogs. The main clinical effects are kidney problems that lead to jaundice, infertility, kidney failure and death.
NB: All of the above mentioned diseases are fully preventable by vaccinating your puppy at 12 weeks and then again at 14 weeks with it's adult injections. Vaccination for Parvo can begin at 6 weeks once taken away from the mother. An annual booster is required to maintain immunity at a protective level.
This is a common disease that occurs anywhere that your dog comes in contact with other dogs e.g.: Parks, kennels, grooming parlours, training classes or even Vet's waiting rooms. It spreads rapidly and causes loud, harsh and uncomfortable bouts of coughing that leads to further respiratory damage and secondary infections such as pneumonia. Vaccination is advisable and should be given if you think your dog will be in contact with other dogs at any stage. The vaccination provides full protective immunity for one year.
Vaccinating your dog is as good as an insurance policy as it provides full protective cover against these diseases provided that annual boosters are received by your dog on time each year. Prevention is better than cure and sometimes in extreme cases there is no cure.