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Canine Diseases


This page has been made up to help people understand the different canine diseases out there and the understanding of each one of them and why your puppies should follow a vaccination schedule to keep them from getting sick or from dying.

Canine Distemper

Transmitted by direct or indirect contact with the discharges from an infected dog's eyes and nose. Widespread, highly contagious, & often deadly, even among older dogs. The primary killer of puppies.

Canine Parvo

Highly resistant virus withstands extreme temperature changes and exposure to most disinfectants. May cause severe diarrhea & vomiting. A highly contagious disease; especially dangerous for puppies.

Canine Corona

A highly contagious, but mild and self-limiting intestinal disease that occasionally will cause death. Causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs of all ages, but is seen most often in young puppies.

Canine Leptospirosis

Lepto is an infectious bacterial disease transmitted by contact with urine. Can be spread to humans as well as other animals and may lead to permanent kidney damage.

Canine Bordetella B. Bronchiseptica

Better known as Kennel Cough. It is a bacterial respiratory tract infection transmitted by nasal secretions. Harsh, non-productive cough may last 1-3 weeks. Bordetella can occur alone or in combination with other respiratory problems.

Canine Parainfluenza

Mild respiratory tract infection transmitted through contact with nasal secretions. Infection can be severe in young puppies.

Canine Adenovirus Type 1 & 2

Hepatitis is caused by Adenovirus type-1 and attacks the liver. Transmitted through contact with contaminated objects such as urine, saliva, and feces. Early signs are similar to distemper. Adenovirus type 2 is normally associated with kennel cough.

Canine Borreliosis - Lyme Disease

Bacterial infection caused by a bite from a infected tick. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, muscle stiffness. Lameness can occur in more severe cases.

Canine Giardia

A waterborne protozoal parasite found in ponds, puddles, swimming pools and in the backyard. Giardia is transmitted to other animals by feces. Causes gastrointestinal problems in dogs. Symptoms can include diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain and vomiting.


The most feared disease, and is almost always fatal. Attacks the brain and central nervous system. Transmitted to humans through a bite or scratch of an infected animal.


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