Contagious Canine Diseases

Your terrier Oliver is one of the friendliest dogs you’ve ever met. Your family and friends love Oliver, and his buddies at the dog park and the boarding kennel look forward to seeing him, too. What you might not realize, though, is that Oliver’s many social engagements expose him to varied contagious canine diseases. Fortunately, Oliver’s Milford veterinarian keeps your pooch up to date on his vaccinations, providing you with peace of mind.


Canine Distemper

You really don’t want Oliver to get this awful disease. Canine distemper results from an extremely contagious virus passed through infected dogs’ respiratory secretions or airborne virus particles. If Oliver contracted canine distemper, he would have a fever, cough, runny eyes, and a snot-filled nose. He would also suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and paralysis. Oliver could easily die. Fortunately, your vet can vaccinate Oliver against canine distemper. In fact, every dog should receive this “core” vaccine.


Canine Parvovirus

The “Parvo” disease is a nickname for Canine Parvovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal ailment. If Oliver gets it, he could suffer from vomiting, severe and often bloody diarrhea, and a fever. Dogs contract this disease through physical contact with other dogs; but also from contaminated feces, bowls, leashes, and collars. If you carried the Parvo virus on your hands or clothing, you could pass it to Oliver. Even worse, the hardy Parvo virus can live in soil for years. Parvo treatment can be expensive, and many dogs die even if they receive treatment. Good thing your vet can give Oliver this “core” vaccine, too.


Kennel Cough

Kennel cough, or bordetella, is caused by a mixed bag of bacteria and viruses. Oliver can catch this extremely contagious disease by mingling with an infected dog. If Oliver becomes infected, he’ll have a hacking dry cough and a snot-filled nose. He probably won’t seem ill at first, but he can still infect other dogs during this period. While a kennel cough vaccine is available, not all dogs require it. Ask your vet if Oliver should receive the kennel cough vaccine.


Surprisingly, you can pass kennel cough, along with ringworm and mange, to Oliver by sharing collars, brushes, and bedding between dogs. You can also transmit the disease by petting an infected dog and then giving Oliver a big hug. Make sure your Milford vet keeps Oliver current on his vaccinations to avoid these serious risks.

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