Canine Distemper Combo Vaccine at Our Bloomington Veterinarian
Dr. David Tatro has been a trusted veterinarian in Bloomington for more than thirty years. Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital is one of the few clinics that offer the updated canine distemper combo vaccine.
The New Distemper Combo Vaccine For Dogs: What You Need to Know
Our updated distemper combo vaccine now protects your dog more effectively than ever.
A single shot keeps your beloved pet safe from a host of serious diseases:
- Distemper (A deadly virus that attacks the dog’s respiratory, digestive, and neurological systems.)
- Adenovirus 1 (The virus that causes tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough. This vaccine also protects against Adenovirus 2, which causes canine hepatitis.)
- Parvovirus (A highly contagious and lethal infection that attacks the dog’s digestive and immune systems.)
- Parainfluenza (A contageous respiratory infection that can be fatal. )
- Four common varieties of leptospirosis (Most vaccines only protect against two.)
Once contracted, many of these illnesses are incurable. The good news is, they are preventable.
What Is Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that dogs catch from contaminated water in lakes, mud, or marshy areas. A sick mammal can pass the illness on to others through its urine. Leptospirosis may lead to organ failure and death.
There are many different strains of the leptospira bacterium. Our combo vaccine knocks out four of the most common: that’s double the protection offered by most vaccines for dogs.
Leptospirosis comes in three main forms:
- Hemorrhagic (bleeding) - A dog with hemorrhagic leptospirosis develops a high fever with lethargy and loss of interest in food. Lots of tiny areas of bleeding are visible in the eyes and mouth. There may be bloody diarrhea and vomiting. This form of the disease is often fatal.
- Icteric or jaundice (liver) - The icteric or jaundice variety starts with the same symptoms as the hemorrhagic form. In addition, yellow coloration (jaundice or icterus) will be visible in the mouth, the eyes, and sometimes on the skin.
- Renal (kidney) - Renal leptospirosis causes kidney failure. Dogs suffering from this form of the illness are lethargic and unwilling to eat. There may be vomiting and/or diarrhea. The dog’s breath may smell bad, and ulcers often develop on the tongue. Other signs include excessive thirst and frequent bloody urination. Dogs that survive renal leptospirosis are often left with chronic kidney disease.
A leptospirosis infection can spread from animals to people. Protect your human family by making sure that your four-legged friend stays safe and healthy.
Call Our Bloomington Veterinarian Today
Do you have more questions about the updated distemper combo vaccine? Give us a call at 309-663-1414. Dr. Tatro and the veterinary team are looking forward to hearing from you.