A Beneficial Guide about Pet Diseases and Vaccinations

Having pets in the house keeps the family happy and safe. These furry members of the family deserve our loving care and as responsible beings, we have to take care of their vaccinations. Many pets get out of the house to roam around and can contract viruses. Some of these viruses can also affect the health of humans. Taking the pets for a regular check up is therefore important if you want the pets to stay with you for long.

Here we discuss the most common deadly diseases like rabies, distemper, Parvovirus, and hepatitis:

Rabies

RabiesIf you have a dog or a cat it needs vaccinations against rabies. The disease attacks the nervous system and causes encephalitis. An infected animal can transmit the virus through its saliva during a bite. The signs will be obvious only after two weeks. Dogs can get infected by bites from a bat, skunk, fox, or raccoon and if it bites you, you will need a trip to the hospital to get the rabies shots. Your dog and cat will need re-vaccination after the clinical signs appear. The animal will have to stay in quarantine for 90 days. If the pet was not vaccinated it will have to be euthanized unless it is quarantined for six months.

Distemper

This is a very life-threatening disease and can kill your dog. It takes a few days to develop and almost 85% of the puppies that get it, lose their life. In adult dogs, there are only 50% chances of survival. Clinical symptoms of distemper include lung congestion, runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. If the situation is not handled in time, the disease will progress fast to a dangerous stage when it will damage the central nervous system (CNS). The pet can get paralysis and seizures. Therefore, it is advisable to take the pet to the nearby hospital when you see the first signs. Distemper can be contracted from an infected dog and can be transmitted through the air as well.

It is important to get the pups vaccinated at 4 months of age. Once the infection is contracted and it begins to grow, there is nothing much you can do about it. After treatment, if the dog recovers it will have to live with blurred vision or problems with the CNS or hardened foot pads or dental problems.

Parvovirus

ParvovirusThis is another deadly disease that can attack your dog if it is not vaccinated. After the first signs, the pet may have only 2-3 more days to live. The virus attacks the intestines, the white blood cell and in some cases the heart. If your dog is infected you will have to remove all that is in its use. It’s hair and feces also carry the virus. To prevent the virus from spreading to other pets wash the area where it lives with warm water and a disinfectant. If the pet looks depressed and has no appetite there is surely something wrong with it. So take it to the nearby animal hospital for a checkup. If the symptoms are mild the doctors will be able to save its life. In small pups, the immune system is not so well developed and if they get the virus it can kill them within a few hours. Breeds such as Doberman Pinschers and Rottweiler are at a higher risk of contracting the virus as compared to other breeds. If you adopt a pet it is essential to get it the vaccine it needs. The vets at the hospitals know all about the deadly viruses and will suggest the right vaccines to protect the health of your pets.

Hepatitis

HepatitisBoth dogs and cats can get hepatitis. The virus is carried by air or in the food. After it enters the blood stream the virus then attacks the organs of the pet such as liver and kidneys. The eyes and veins are also affected. If you own pups that look sluggish check their temperature and if it is high, rush them to the nearby vet. If the symptoms are ignored, the animal can die within a day or two. If you take your pet to the animal hospital in time, the doctors will diagnose the disease and try to save its life. It can take a few weeks for your pet to recover.

At the vet hospital, the pet vaccines for dogs and cats prevent a variety of diseases. Annual vaccinations prevent disease and save you money that you would otherwise spend on treatment. As a responsible pet owner take your pups to the hospital for a regular check-up and get them vaccinated when they are 4 months old. Your pets are your best friends and they rely on you to protect their health from viruses.

Author: Mike Mark

Mike Mark is a professional dog trainer who enjoys writing blog posts in his spare time and currently works at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals. For more information, you may get in touch on Twitter.