Good day mate! Don’t you know that there are many lethal diseases of dogs that can surely harm our four legged canine friends in day to day basis? That’s why, you should always make sure to update the vaccination regimen of your dogs and check the vaccination cards. Unfortunately, many of these common diseases that can inflict our dogs are very contagious and lethal.
Infection of these diseases can spread through contact with infected urine or feces and the tricky part is that they can be brought to our home through our shoes and car wheels as they pass on infected feces and urine along the highway. A disease such as rabies can be transmitted through bite wounds or simply by just licking an open wound by a rabid dog. Canine influenza can be transmitted via airborne as well. Here are some of the lethal diseases of dogs:
Canine influenza. Is believed to be an adaptation of equine influenza of horses is a common upper respiratory virus. Puppies infected with canine influenza may experience elevated temperature and nasal discharge. In severe cases, high fever and pneumonia symptoms can be present. This disease can be fatal if not treated right away, experts estimated that up to 15 percent of infected dogs can die from complications. Canine influenza is commonly treated with antibiotics, although antibiotics can’t kill the virus, it will prevent any secondary bacterial infection that will worsen the disease.
Canine distemper. Is a highly contagious disease that can cause lethal disease of puppies as early as 6-8 weeks old. The disease affects the puppy’s central nervous system, gastrointestinal system and respiratory system. This most common symptoms of the disease are:
- Decreased appetite
- Discharge either in the eye or nose
To date, there are no cure for canine distemper and most of the dogs which harbor the disease die. The best way to prevent this from happening is by vaccinating your puppies as early as 6-8 weeks old.
Parvo virus infection. This disease in no stranger to the canine family, it is fast and becomes one of the most lethal contagious disease across the US in recent years. The symptoms for this disease includes:
- Bloody diarrhea
Puppies that are not vaccinated do not survive from this lethal disease which are transmitted through contact with infected feces and urine. Treatment includes fluid (intravenous fluid) and antibiotics to combat secondary infection. The only way to prevent this is early Parvo virus vaccination. It is also best to avoid public places if your puppy has not yet been vaccinated.
Leptospirosis. This disease is commonly acquired via infected urine and it can also be introduced through bite wounds. The Leptospira bacteria can multiply rapidly and cause a serious damage in the:
- Nervous system
- Genitals/Reproductive organs
Common symptoms of this lethal disease include:
Hypothermia, Liver and kidney failure can lead to the death of your pet. Fluid therapy and antibiotics can be used to treat the illness. It is best to have your puppy vaccinated against Leptospirosis.
Rabies. Is the most serious disease of dogs. It can spread from dog to dog and dog to human vise versa. The common symptoms are:
- Change of behavior
- Unable to swallow food or drink water
One of a particular example of the change of behavior is when your dog is commonly shy then it becomes suddenly aggressive. So you take note of the most common behavior of your pet. Your pet may become suddenly lost in your home is also one of the early signs of rabies. As the disease progresses, a dog may experience seizure, respiratory failure could also happen. Dogs that commonly spend most of their time outdoors are the most vulnerable to rabies. It is very important that your dog gets a rabies vaccine as soon as possible. Anti rabies are also mandated in the US and most of the country all over the world.
Cleanliness is also an important point in keeping your pet happy and away from any lethal diseases. In cleaning both indoors and outdoors should be clean. An updated vaccination program for your pets will ensure their health and safety. Remember, prevention is better than cure against lethal diseases of dogs. Happy smart dog everyone!