It’s important to keep you dog up to date on vaccinations to keep your favorite four-legged friend safe. Luckily, SOLO-JEC vaccinations were introduced over 20 years ago to help protect the population of pets that don’t see a veterinarian. There are many different illnesses that can be detrimental to a pet’s health if exposed to them without vaccination.
Here are the top 9 diseases you need to vaccinate your dog against:
1. Canine Distemper - Nearly every dog will be exposed to distemper in its lifetime. It can be transmitted primarily by direct contact with infected animals. This disease is highly contagious and can be deadly.
2. Canine Adenovirus Type 1 and 2 - Canine hepatitis is caused by Adenovirus type-1 which attacks of the liver. The disease is spread by contact with urine, feces, and other secretions from infected animals. Death is possible in sereve cases. Adenovirus type-2 is a respiratory infection that may be associated with kennel cough.
3. Canine Parainfluenza - This is a mild respiratory tract infection transmitted through contact with nasal secretions, and the infection is more severe in young puppies.
4. Canine Parvovirus - Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that’s especially dangerous for puppies. It may cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. The highly resistant virus withstands exposure to many disinfectants.
5. Canine Coronavirus - Coronavirus is a serious infection that can lead to death combined with parvovirus. Puppies particularly susceptible to severe symptoms. The virus is spread in feces from infected dogs.
6. Canine Leptospirosis - Lepto is an infectious bacterial disease that can cause kidney and liver damage. Transmission can be waterborne or by contact with infected urine from rodents and other animals. Lepto is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transmitted to humans.
7. Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) - Kennel cough is bacterial respiratory infection transmitted by nasal and oral secretions. This harsh cough may last 1-3 weeks. Bordetella infections can occur alone or in combination with other respiratory problems.
8. Canine Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) - The vaccination for Lyme Disease can only be given by a veterinarian. It is a bacterial infection spread by a bite from an infected tick. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, and muscle stiffness. Lameness can occur in more severe cases.
9. Rabies - Rabies is the most feared disease because it is almost always fatal. It attacks the brain and central nervous system and can be transmitted to humans through a bite or scratch by an infected animal. The vaccination for rabies can only be given by a veterinarian.
Your veterinarian and local Stockdale’s animal health specialist can help to determine a vaccination schedule and a SOLO-JEC regimen that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual animal. Head to your local Stockdale’s for your pet care needs!