The cost of vaccinations for puppies are cheap compared to treatment. Ask your veterinarian about his prices.
The three deadly dog diseases are:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
Parvo is highly contagious. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk, but especially puppies whose immature immune systems make them very susceptible. Parvo causes great pain and distress and survival rate for puppies is less than 20%. Parvo is the plague of dog pounds and inmates can be quickly infected by body fluids, faeces and contaminated water. A full series of C3 vaccine prevents parvo. Vaccinations are also cheap compared to treatment with an uncertain outcome.
Distemper is another viral scourge, wreaking havoc on most major organs and then afflicting survivors with secondary bacterial infections. The survival rate is low and on-going health issues may occur to the survivors of distemper. Prevention is C3 vaccination.
Hepatitis which attacks the liver via contaminated faeces and body fluids from infected dogs is also prevented by the C3 vaccine. Survival from the acute stages of this disease is hampered by ongoing health issues. These three diseases are a health menace and governments have the responsibility to made C3 vaccinations mandatory.
Other diseases such as kennel cough in the form of bordatella bronchiseptica & its viral form, parainfluenza, are more than just an inconvenience; they too can cause death and are prevented by vaccination.
The best protection you can offer your dog, according to the Australian Veterinary Association , is a full course of C3 vaccinations, then a booster the following year followed by triennial (3 yearly) boosters (unless otherwise indicated). See the Vaccination Time Table.
A yearly Kennel Cough vaccination is also recommended by the AVA.
Vaccinations are carried out at your local veterinary clinic or animal hospital.
Do the right thing by your puppy and other dogs in the community—vaccinate for life!
Contagious diseases in dog pounds
Canine parvovirus (parvo) is highly contagious and outbreaks in dog pounds is a cause for alarm. Unvaccinated puppies at most a risk, and given the survival rate is less than 20%, contracting parvo is a death sentence in more ways than one way. The cost of treatment and it’s uncertain outcome are the reason infected dogs are destroyed.
The pound staff have to work hard to try and contain the spread of contagious diseases like parvo. Cages of the infected animals need to be thoroughly cleaned if the virus is to removed and the accommodation make safe for the next inmate.
Canine distemper and Canine hepatitis can also be passed on in any situation to unvaccinated dogs, puppies being most at risk.
Kennel cough can be dangerous to very young puppies, old dogs and those dogs whose immune systems are compromised. However, most dogs do recover after a week and the best treatment is plenty of rest and a good diet.
All dogs entering the pound system should be C3 vaccinated upon arrival
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