Dogs should be vaccinated to help protect them against diseases such as:

  • Canine cough (also known as kennel cough)
    A viral and bacterial disease. Signs include a sudden onset of a dry hacking cough. Affected dogs can be bright and active, but the cough worsens with activity.
  • Distemper
    A highly contagious viral disease which is often fatal. It can be spread via nose-to-nose contact with infected animals or sniffing urine, vomit or faeces from an infected animal.
  • Hepatitis
    Causes inflammation of the liver. This disease is more extensive than affecting just this organ. Initially, the dog develops a fever, then the virus spreads to the lymphatic system and damages the liver and kidneys.
  • Parvovirus
    A viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and lymphatic systems. The condition is contracted by contact with the saliva, vomit or faeces of an infected animal, or by direct contact with an infected animal.
  • Coronavirus
    Not to be confused with COVID-19, dogs can get their own strain of coronavirus, which causes depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea especially in young dogs. Diarrhoea may last for several days in some cases. Although most dogs will recover with treatment, coronavirus has the potential to be fatal, especially if other infectious agents such as parvovirus are present.
  • Leptospirosis
    A rural concern that may not be applicable in your pet’s scenario, however, it’s important to understand if you travel regionally with your dog. This is a serious disease carried by rats that are especially prevalent in Tropical North Queensland but are increasingly being recorded all around Australia. It is spread by the urine of rats and is usually transmitted to dogs by contaminated food and water, or by rat bites. Leptospirosis is an animal disease that can be passed to humans who may then suffer a persisting “flu-like” illness.

These diseases are highly contagious and some potentially fatal. The good news is that you can protect your pet by keeping their vaccinations up to date.

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