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Help protect your dog against harmful disease

Disease you can help protect against with vaccination

Canine Distemper

  • A highly contagious and fatal viral disease
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but puppies are most at risk
  • Preventable by vaccination

How it’s spread

  • By inhalation of secretions from an infected dog and from contaminated dust
  • After several weeks, disease can progress to skin reactions, muscle spasms and convulsions

Symptoms

Fever, discharge from the eyes and nose, respiratory problems, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea

Canine Hepatitis

  • A highly infectious disease
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but most severe in young puppies

How it’s spread

  • Through ingestion of infected urine, faeces or saliva
  • Dogs can remain infectious and continue spreading disease for months after recovery

Symptoms

  • Fever, lack of appetite, diarrhoea, abdominal pain due to enlarged liver, jaundice, depression and eye lesions
  • Infected puppies and dogs can die within a few hours of onset of clinical signs

Canine Parvovirus

  • A severe and highly contagious disease
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but most severe in young puppies
  • A common disease in many areas of Australia
  • Preventable by vaccination

How it’s spread

  • Through contact with faeces from an infected dog or contaminated soil
  • Can be spread on contaminated footwear and other objects, so people can transmit the disease even if their dog doesn’t leave the house

Symptoms

  • Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and other organs resulting in symptoms of vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain and depression
  • Infected puppies and dogs can die within 24 hours of symptoms presenting
  • The virus can stay in the environment for over a year

Canine Cough

A highly contagious and very common respiratory disease caused mainly by Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica both for which vaccination is available

How it’s spread

  • Close contact with secretions from an infected dog
  • Commonly spread where groups of dogs meet including dog parks, kennels or dog shows

Symptoms

A harsh, dry hacking cough that may persist for several weeks, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis and nasal discharge

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