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Canine Vaccinations

Canine Distemper
Distemper is a serious viral disease affecting primarily young, unvaccinated dogs that can be fatal. Clinicals signs include yellowish or greenish discharge from the eyes or nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, increased body temperature, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and nervous system disorders such as seizures, or twitching of a limb. This disease is highly contagious so prevention is the key. Vaccination has been shown to prevent the disease.

Canine Adenovirus type-1 and type-2
These viruses cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infections respectively. Hepatitis is a viral disease that is most common in young unvaccinated dogs. Clinical signs may include respiratory tract abnormalities such as discharge from the nose or eyes, coughing or evidence of liver and/or kidney disease such as jaundice, loss of appetite,vomiting, to name a few. Adenovirus type 2 is an important factor in kennel cough. Vaccination is crucial as hepatitis can be fatal.

Canine Bordetella/Kennel Cough
This bacterial infection can occur alone or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type-2 infection, parainfluenza, and other respiratory problems. Kennel cough is highly contagious and is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with infected nasal secretions. It is transmitted when dogs are put in close proximity to one another such as dog parks or if boarding or grooming. It is a requirement for boarding and grooming at Animal Hospital of Tiffin. We offer both an oral and an injectable form of this vaccine and will choose which is most appropriate at the time of your appointment.

Canine Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage. Clinical signs may include loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Wild and domestic animals may act as reservoirs for infection. This disease is easily spread to other pets and humans, which makes vaccination key to keeping your pets and your family healthy.

Canine Parainfluenza
This is another cause of kennel cough. Although parainfluenza is often a mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs, it can be severe in puppies or debilitated dogs.

Canine Parvovirus
Parvo is a serious disease affecting primarily young dogs (6 weeks to 6 months) although any age can be affected. Parvovirus is a hardy virus, able to withstand extreme temperature changes, and exposure to most disinfectants. Dogs contact the disease through exposure to infected dogs or infected stool. Clinical signs include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. The diarrhea is often bloody and has a foul odor. Some dogs develop fever. If left untreated, parvo can be fatal. It is very important to complete your entire series of puppy shots to prevent this disease.

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Rabies is transmitted by saliva which is generally transferred from a bite. This disease is often found in wild animals such as skunks, raccoons and bats. Once infected the disease is always fatal. As the virus can be transmitted to humans, no stray dog, cat or wild animal should be approached. Vaccination is vital in protecting your pet from this disease. In Ohio it is state law that your pets be vaccinated against rabies. Once vaccinated, you will receive a rabies tag to place on your pet's collar and a rabies vaccination certificate to keep for future reference.

Canine Coronavirus
This is a highly contagious intestinal disease causing vomiting and diarrhea in dogs of all ages.Especially in young puppies, dehydration from coronavirus infection can be life-threatening. Coronavirus is often seen in conjunction with or leading to parvovirus infections.

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete and spread by ticks. It is a serious disease in pets and people. Clinical signs in dogs include lameness, joint swelling, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy. The heart, brain and kidney may also be affected. We have seen some new Lyme disease cases in recent years and are recommending vaccination of at-risk pets (any pet that can be exposed to ticks). The tick that carries Lyme Disease is called the Deer Tick and is so small, it is very difficult to see with the naked eye. Just because you don't see a tick, doesn't mean your pet can't be bitten by one.

Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza is a relatively recent disease. Typically it is seen in outbreaks in larger cities. Most recently it was seen in Toledo and Columbus in Fall 2017. Because of our close proximity to these cities and the number of pets that travel with their owners, we now offer this vaccination. The disease typically causes coughing, sneezing, nasal and eye discharge, fever, inappetance and lethargy. In severe cases it can lead to pneumonia and be fatal. The vaccine is a killed vaccine, which means it will not cause flu-like symptoms in dogs like it does humans, but it does require a booster shot.