Dog Immunizations Shots
What kinds of immunization shots do you need to give your dog? What do the different shots do? Why are they important?
Over the course of your dog's life, your vet will likely give your pet a variety of shots to keep it free from common diseases. If your vet doesn't think your dog requires one of these vaccines, you can ask to have it given to your dog anyway. However, if your vet has a major aversion to giving the vaccine, you will want to research the vaccine and what your vet is saying thoroughly. If you still want your dog to have the vaccine, you may decide to go to a different vet to get the shot. Vaccines for each of these conditions have been proven to keep your pet safe.
• Rabies. This is a viral disease that can take your dog's central nervous system by storm. It can be fatal if it goes untreated. Most states actually require that all dogs are given rabies shots. The disease is typically transferred through saliva, and dogs generally get rabies from wild animal bites.
• Infectious canine hepatitis. This is a condition that can infect the tissues of your dog. The disease attacks the liver of the animal and causes hepatitis. If your dog has a whiteness in its eyes or if its eyes are cloudy, it may have the disease. Dogs get hepatitis by contact with objects that have been contaminated with urine from a dog with hepatitis.
• Canine parvovirus. This is a condition that infects the intestines and blood of your dog. It gets into the blood stream and then enters the heart. If your dog gets parvovirus, they generally experience vomiting, diarrhea and depression. The virus is transmitted by the feces of an infected dog. If you think your dog has parvovirus, you need to act quickly, because many dogs die within two days of having the symptoms of the disease.
• Canine leptospirosis. This is a condition that infects the kidneys of dogs and can lead to kidney failure. Dogs get this disease through contact with the urine of an infected animal. The signs of canine leptospirosis are convulsions, impaired vision, and vomiting.
• Canine distemper. This is a condition that is contagious and attacks the nervous system of your dog. Canine distemper is transmitted by direct or indirect contact with an infected dog's ears, nose or eyes. The symptoms of this disease include runny noses and sneezes. These symptoms often go unnoticed by the dog's owner and a dog is soon partially or completely paralyzed.
• Canine bordetellosis. This is a bacterial infection of a dog's respiratory system. Dogs acquire this condition by contacting an infected dog's nose and eyes. Canine bordetellosis generally leads to a rough cough for your dog.