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OH DOGGO! Common Deadly yet Preventable Dog Diseases

OH DOGGO! Common Deadly yet Preventable Dog Diseases

The happiest thing in the world is indeed living your life, with your dogs, to the fullest. They are part of our families that we take care of and protect. Just like humans, dogs can also get sick.

In order to keep them healthy, it is essential to be aware of the common deadly dog diseases; what symptoms to look for, and what are preventive measures to take. 

COMMON DOG DISEASES

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CANINE DISTEMPER

Dogs are typically susceptible to contracting this highly contagious disease through the air or direct contact like shared food bowls. When a dog is exposed, the virus will initially attack its respiratory and digestive systems. Runny eyes, fever, a snotty nose, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea are typical symptoms of infected dogs.

The most taxing part of having this disease is when the dog’s nervous system has already been affected. Some of their body parts will begin to twitch, and they will experience seizures and paralysis. If the dog is not taken to the vet, the immune system will suffer severe damage.

CANINE PARVOVIRUS

Also prevalent, this virus can be transmitted to any person, animal, or object that comes in contact with the feces of infected dogs. The virus attacks dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts, causing them to lose their appetite, and experience fever, lethargy, vomiting, and severe diarrhea that is often bloody. The virus can survive for months in different places if the area is not disinfected.

Consistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and harm the immune system if the affected dog is not taken to the vet.

CANINE PARAINFLUENZA

This fatal respiratory virus, also known as canine cough, can also infect dogs through air and direct contact. Lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, nasal discharge, and persistent coughing are among the symptoms. If not treated by a veterinarian, this will weaken the dog’s immune system.

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IMMEDIATE ACTION

As soon as your pet shows these symptoms, take them to the nearest veterinary clinic. They will inquire about the medical history of your pet and perform tests to see if they have any of these fatal canine diseases. Although there is currently no cure for these viruses, if tested positive, treatments include supporting care like IV fluid to keep your dog hydrated, antibiotics for secondary infections, immune system boosters, and other helpful medicines.

PREVENTION

Fortunately, these canine viruses are preventable. But how? — through vaccination. 5-in-1 dog vaccine (DHPP) prevents distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and two types of adenovirus. There are other vaccination packages like 6-in-1 and 8-in-1 depending on vet clinics. These vaccines have age requirements and come with two or more shots and boosters. 

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What are we waiting for? Let’s all bring our fur babies to the nearest veterinary clinic to get them vaccinated! So we can sleep and wake up each day knowing that they are protected from these lethal viruses. 

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