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Help protect your dog against harmful diseases

Diseases you can help protect against with vaccination
Canine Distemper
  • A highly contagious and fatal viral disease.
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but puppies are most at risk.
  • Preventable by vaccination.

 

How it’s spread

  • By inhalation of secretions from an infected dog and from contaminated dust.
  • After several weeks, the disease can progress to skin reactions, muscle spasms, and convulsions.

Symptoms

Fever, discharge from the eyes and nose, respiratory problems, loss of appetite, and vomiting and diarrhoea.

Canine Hepatitis
  • A highly infectious diseases
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but most severe in young puppies.

How it’s spread

  • Through ingestion of infected urine, faeces, or saliva.
  • Dogs can remain infectious and continue spreading the disease for months after recovery.

Symptoms

  • Fever, lack of appetite, diarrhoea, abdominal pain due to enlarged liver, jaundice, depression, and eye lesions.
  • Infected puppies and dogs can die within a few hours of onset of clinical signs.
Canine Parvovirus
  • A severe and highly contagious disease.
  • Affects dogs of all ages, but most severe in young puppies.
  • A common disease in many areas of Australia.
  • Preventable by vaccination.
 

How it’s spread

  • Through contact with faeces from an infected dog or contaminated soil.
  • Can be spread on contaminated footwear and other objects, so people can transmit the disease even if their dog doesn’t leave the house.

Symptoms

  • Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and other organs, resulting in symptoms of vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain, and depression.
  • Infected puppies and dogs can die within 24 hours of symptoms presenting.
  • The virus can stay in the environment for over a year.

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