Apart from external wounds or obvious injuries which we can see we need watch
for symptoms which can tell us our companion is suffering from an internal
disease. Symptoms to watch for are diarrhea, constipation, fever, shivering,
runny nose, dry hot nose, runny or watery eyes, coughing,
increased or ravenous appetite but no weight gain, loss of appetite, vomiting,
increased urination, restlessness, nervousness, and any indication
of pain. Always check with your veterinarian if these symptoms are present
Certain preventative vaccines should be given to your dog from puppyhood
through adult life. Breeders should have the beginning puppy shots already
administered and you will probably have to finish the series. The following
are the diseases or viruses for which your dog will need vaccinations to
insure a healthy and long life .
Canine Distemper Virus
a widespread, often fatal disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against
distemper starting with distemper-measles vaccination at 6 - 9 weeks of age.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis Virus
Canine Adenovirius type -1 and type -2
cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection. Hepatitis caused by
adenovirus type -1 may cause severe kidney damage or death. Adenovirus type
- 2 is an important factor in kennel cough.
may contribute to kennel cough. This bacterial infection can occur alone
or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type - 2 infection, parainfluenza,
and other respiratory problems.
is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage. The disease
is easily spread to other pets and to humans.
is another cause of kennel cough. Although parainfluenza is often a mild
respiratory infection in healthy dogs, it can be severe in puppies or debilitated
infection is a disease which is widespread and may cause
severe dehydrating diarrhea in dogs of varying ages. Parvovirus infection
is especially dangerous for puppies.
is one of the world's most publicized and feared diseases and is almost always
fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system. It is
transmitted to humans mainly through the bite of an infected animal.
infection is a highly contagious intestinal disease causing vomiting
and diarrhea in dogs of all ages. Particularly in young puppies, dehydration
from coronavirus infection can be life - threatening.
Remember the information given is only a guide and you should always check
with your veterinarian if you think there is a problem or before administering