There are a number of infectious diseases that our dogs can catch. Although most of them are rarely seen these days, the main reason for this is that people regularly vaccinate their dogs. Through regular vaccination we can keep these diseases at bay. However, if the number of vaccinated dogs drops below a certain level, there is a good chance one or more of these diseases would arise again.
Our vaccination protocol protects against:
Canine Hepatitis: A viral disease affecting the liver, although it can affect both the kidney and eyes too (Blue eye). Dogs can appear normal and then suddenly go downhill. Vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy are seen.
Canine Distemper: This disease was known as HardPad as it can affect the dog's pads, making them very hard, hence the dog clicked as it walked. It also causes vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, sneezing, eye discharge and fits. It is frequently fatal, especially when fits are seen. It can also cause damage to the brain which, will show up later in life
Parvovirus: This is a virus causing severe gastroenteritis, often with bloody diarrhoea. In severe cases, the dog can show signs and be dead within 8 hours. Puppies with this disease can also develop secondary heart disease.
Leptospirosis: This is a bacterial disease which has two forms. The first carries a high fatality rate and often is caught from rat urine. It is very contagious and can affect people. The second will cause severe kidney damage. We unfortunately see a number of cases of this on the Isle of Man every year.
Dogs require a booster for Leptospirosis every year and the remainder every 3 years. This gives the most complete cover possible. Leptospirosis is quite prevalent on the Isle of Man and every dog should receive this vaccine. Puppies require their first injections at 8 weeks of age and a second dose 2 weeks later.