Dog Vaccinations: What do they protect against and when should you do it?

lunaandcynderAt the moment in my house we have 3 fully vaccinated dogs, and 6 unvaccinated puppies (they are just shy of two weeks old as of writing this). I work at an animal shelter and understand the need for vaccinations, particularly when we see outbreaks of preventable diseases such as Parvovirus. You may know that your dog needs its shots, but you may not know what those vaccinations are protecting against and when they should be done. The main vaccine we use in Australia is a C5 vaccine (or C3 with a Bronchishield to protect against kennel cough).

A C5 vaccinates our dogs against five main diseases: 

Canine Parvovirus – Otherwise known as Parvo this viral disease can be deadly in young puppies and is expensive to treat. Symptoms include depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and severe bloody diarrhoea. Parvo is highly contagious and outbreaks can claim the lives of many dogs.

Canine Hepatitis – Another highly contagious disease, canine hepatitis attacks the liver and can cause high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. Dogs that have recovered from canine hepatitis may continue to carry the disease which increases it’s spread.

Canine Distemper – Canine distemper is a viral disease that can affect any dog, especially puppies. Symptoms may include a high temperature, lethargy and inappetence. In conjunction with fever there may be discharge from the nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and coughing. Pneumonia may also develop in time. Distemper can also cause muscle spasms, convulsions and progressive paralysis. Permanent brain damage and death may result.

Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica – These are the viral and bacterial forms of the disease commonly referred to as “Kennel Cough”. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease  which affects a large percentage of dogs at least once in their lifetime. Symptoms of kennel cough include a dry, persistent cough and watery discharge from the eyes or nose.

Cynder and friend at parkInstances of many of these potential deadly diseases are quite low thanks to routine vaccination schedules for our pet dogs. Your veterinarian will set out a vaccination course for your pet but generally speaking most dogs will be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks for Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus, 12-14 weeks for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Bordetella and a third vaccination at 16-18 weeks for Coronavirus and Leptospirosis (another set of infectious diseases which are particularly harmful to young puppies). Your vet will then recommend an annual booster every year to maintain immunity.

Visit the Frontline Plus website for more information on Dog Vaccinations.

Disclaimer: This post was written by That Dog Dancing Guy and sponsored by Frontline Plus. This has in no way impacted the content of the article.

Video: Dog Tricks with Cynder

Here’s a short video of Cynder practicing some of her fun tricks! She’s working hard for her new favourite ball that we got as a present from VCA World! It’s the Starmark DuraFoam ball and she absolutely loves it!

What’s your pets favourite toy?

Excerpt: How and Why to Dance With Your Dog

Note: This is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote for Fidose of Reality. Check out the full post “How and Why to Dance With Your Dog”.

The first question that comes up when I talk about my blog is how exactly do you dance with your dog?

Do you Waltz, Foxtrot or maybe do the Cha-Cha? Trust me when I say that it’s nothing like that at all!

There are two disciplines: Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. Heelwork to Music is more closely aligned to obedience heel work as the dog is required in the heel positions (there are 8 in total: left, right, front and back as well as the reverse of each of those) for at least 60% of the routine.

There are so many reasons to take up the sport of Dances with Dogs:

  • It’s a lot of fun; you can put on music and dance around the house no matter what the weather outside, it’s particularly great for those dreary days where you just don’t feel like getting outside
  • You can let your creativity shine; you can dance to your favourite music, get creative with your costume and choreograph a routine that really demonstrates your dogs best abilities and tricks
  • It strengthens the bond between you and your dog; trick training with your dog is a great way to enhance your relationship and strengthen your bond
  • Routines don’t need a lot of equipment; in fact, you could perform without any extra equipment at all. Props can form a part of your routine and can vary from canes, to boxes and other things you can find around the house.

Head over to Fidose of Reality to find the full article!