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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Top Ten Common Dog Infections, Diseases: What They Are/What They Do

#1) Giardia
Symptoms: diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss   
Cause: A waterborne parasite. This parasite (Giardia) can infect from a dog drinking infected water from places such as lakes, ponds, etc. It is common in North America.
Prevention: Monthly Heartworm Treatment

#2) Distemper:
Symptoms: Fever, fatigue, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures. Death if left untreated.
Cause: Viral infection which attacks Nervous & Respiratory system.
Prevention: Vaccinations

#3) Parvo: 
Symptoms: Extreme diarrhea and vomiting that leads to death.
Cause:  Parvovirus: A highly contagious, common, & prolific viral infection. Most common in puppies.
Prevention: Vaccinations.

#4) CoronaVirus:
Symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, excessive drinking.
Cause: Viral infection; Sometimes in conjunction with Parvo. Puppies suffer the most from this virus.
Prevention: Vaccinations.

#5) Hepatitis:
Symptoms: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, kidney damage.
Cause: Infectious disease that attacks the Liver, and kidneys.
Prevention: Vaccinations.

#6) Lyme Disease:
Symptoms: Arthritis, sudden limping, fatigue, lameness, depression, loss of appetite, inactive.
Cause: Dangerous bacterial disease that can cause irreversible damage to a dog's heart, kidneys, and even brain.
Prevention: Vaccination/Antibiotic.

#7) Rabies:
Symptoms: Unusual behavior, Aggression.
Cause: Deadly rabies virus which attacks the brain & central nervous system. Once infected, death usually results.
Prevention: Rabies Vaccination.

#8) Leptospirosis:
Symptoms:  High fever, jaundice, hemorrhaging, bloody stool.
Cause: Bacterial infection; can be transmitted through contaminated water or the bite of an infected animal.
Prevention: Vaccination.

#9) Kennel Cough:
Symptoms: Coughing spells leading to vomiting or hacking/gagging, nasal discharge, watery eyes.
Cause: Often caused by Bordetella Virus. Full name is Infectious Tracheobronchitis
Prevention: Vaccination.

#10) Parainfluenza:
Symptoms: similar to kennel cough, but with flu-like symptoms.
Cause: Serious viral infection, by the parainfluenza virus.
Prevention: Vaccination.

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