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Why Should I Vaccinate My Dog

 Has your dog been vaccinated lately? OOOps! Vaccination is the only way to protect your dog against certain viral diseases that are highly contagious, and can be fatal. There is no cure for these viral diseases and treatment can be expensive, distressing for both you and your dog, and not always successful. The major viral diseases in Australia that affect dogs are:

 

Canine Distemper:
This virus is transmitted in discharges from the nose and eyes. Early symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, discharge from the eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory problems. Later the dog may show convulsions and other nervous system disorders.

Canine Parvovirus:
This is a very hardy virus that can survive in the environment for 12months or more. It is also easily transmitted. Parvo can cause severe gastroenteritis that affects dogs and puppies of all ages. Death can occur within 24hours. Symptoms include bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, depression and in some cases heart failure.

Canine Hepatitis:
Another highly infectious disease that damages the liver. Symptoms vary from lethargy and appetite loss to depression, diarrhoea and even death. The virus is passed onto other dogs  from the urine of infected dogs, which can continue for up to 6 months after recovery. Long term kidney and liver problems can occur.

Canine Cough:
Commonly called Kennel cough, dogs can become infected from any place where dogs mix. Symptoms aren’t fatal but can persist for weeks and cause a harsh dry cough, and in some cases the infection spreads from the upper respiratory tract to the lungs, causing the more serious diseases of pneumonia or bronchitis.

Canine Leptospirosis:
This disease is not common in Australia but can be a problem where there are large wild rat numbers and dogs consume food or water contaminated with rat urine.

Canine Coronavirus: Symptoms similar  to parvovirus and causes gastrointestinal disturbances.

The good news is that there are vaccines available that make protection  from these viruses easy. Puppy vaccinations can be given from 6weeks of age and the last puppy vaccine should be given at 12 weeks. Annual vaccination is recommended to keep antibody levels high throughout your dogs life.

The friendly  staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are always available to advise you of the best program for your dog.

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Pesti Virus Steers

Here are some photos of some steers that are PI (Persitantly Infected) with Pestivirus.

They are 1/2 the size of the same aged steers in the mob

 

 

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