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Canine Disease Information

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs, raccoons, skunks, and other animals. Symptoms include can include yellow discharge from the nose and eyes, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, paralysis, and often, death.

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Canine Hepatitis

Canine hepatitis is a disease of the liver caused by a virus that is unrelated to the human form of hepatitis. Symptoms range from slight fever and congestion of the mucous membranes to severe depression, vomiting, jaundice, and englargement of the abdomen. There is no cure for this disease, but symptoms can be treated.

Parainfluenza

Canine Parainfluenza is a viral disease which produces a mild respiratory tract infection. It is often associated with other respiratory tract viruses such as those associated with kennel cough. In combination these viruses are usually transmitted by contact with the nasal secretions of infected dogs.

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Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal system. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and severe, bloody diarrhea. Severe dehydration can set in 48 - 72 hours and death can quickly follow if left untreated. There is no immediate cure for Parvovirus. The usual course of treatment is veterinary supportive care.

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Kennel Cough & Bordetella

Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease which affects the respiratory system. It is spread through sneezing, coughing and contact with infected nasal secretions. It can be caused by bacterial, viral, or other infections, and often involves several simultaneous infections. Due to its highly contagious nature, dogs held in close quarters, such as kennels or dog shows, are at a higher risk for contracting it. Symptoms include a dry, harsh, nonproductive, and persistent cough. Symptoms can last from days to weeks, depending upon severity.

The Bordetella vaccinations commonly used do not entirely prevent kennel cough. Instead, the vaccinations tends to lessen the severity and shorten the length of time infected dogs are sick. Dogs can be carriers of the disease, without showing any outward symptoms. Vaccination is of the utmost importance for any dogs that will come into contact with other strange dogs.

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Rabies

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is usually contracted through a wound (bite, scratch, etc.) Symptoms include behavioral changes, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, and paralysis. Treatment within several hours of contraction is essential, otherwise the disease is nearly always fatal.

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