Canine Parvovirus which is extremely serious in puppies and senior dogs. The virus causes severe abdominal pain, uncontrolled vomiting and blood in the stool (usually diarrhoea stools). The virus persists in environments where there has been an ill dog and can be carried on clothing and shoes. The entire area needs to be disinfected after there has been an infected dog in the area. Pups can die from severe dehydration even when treated.
Canine Distemper is very contagious and can affect puppies and adult dogs. The most common symptoms are sneezing, coughing, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, depression, paralysis and fits. Recovery rates are extremely low and survivors may still end up with brain damage.
Canine Hepatitis is very contagious and often fatal for dogs of any age, although it is rare for dogs older than 2 years to contract the illness.Some of the symptoms can include severe abdominal pain, high fever, loss of appetite, depression, vomiting and diarrhoea. Severe cases can result in death in less than 36 hours. Survivors can end up with kidney and liver issues for life. The disease persists and can be passed to other dogs months after contracting the virus.
Canine Cough (aka Kennel Cough) is actually caused by a combination of various infectious diseases including distemper, Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza and canine adenovirus type 2. This is often contracted where groups of animals congregate such as boarding kennels, parks and dog shows. The illness presents with a dry, hacking cough. The cough can persist for a number of weeks and can be distressing, especially in working dogs. The infection can also lead to pneumonia if untreated.