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Puppies are at greater risk of contracting many serious and potentially fatal diseases tDownload this article as a PDF than adult dogs. Below is a chart showing diseases and the problems they can cause. It is recommended that every puppy receive their core vaccinations to protect against these diseases.8 Check with your veterinarian to determine if your dog is at risk and should be vaccinated for other diseases such as canine coronavirus, kennel cough, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.
RABIES: Rabies is a disease of almost all warm-blooded animals, including humans. In most areas, local laws require that pets be vaccinated against it.
PARVOVIRUS: Canine parvovirus is a common cause of illness in puppies in the United States. It causes a severe gastroenteritis with signs of bloody diarrhea, lethargy, anorexia, fever, and vomiting. Unfortunately many infected puppies will die despite treatment.
DISTEMPER: Canine distemper is a highly contagious, and potentially fatal, viral disease in dogs which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, and seizures.
HEPATITIS (ADENOVIRUS): Canine hepatitis is an acute liver infection that can kill dogs, especially puppies. The clinical signs include sudden death, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and liver failure.
Help your pet live a long, healthy and happy life — help protect them from parasites and make sure they get regular veterinary care. And, remember — be sure to spay and neuter your pet!
About the Author
Dr. Dailey graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He currently is working as a veterinarian for Merial Limited, the maker of HEARTGARD Plus. He also works part-time as an associate veterinarian for a hospital in Athens, GA. In his spare time, he and his wife chase around their 10-year-old Golden Retriever and 1-year-old son.
Important Safety Information:
HEARTGARD (ivermectin) is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. For more information, please visit www.HEARTGARD.com.
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8 Paul MA, Carmichael LE, Childers H, et al: 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines, JAAHA 42(2):80-89, 2006.
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