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Dog Diseases You Can Prevent

Dog Diseases You Can Prevent

Regular wellness exams are an important measure to take to keep your dog healthy. Our Grand Prairie vets discuss some harmful and potentially fatal diseases that can be prevented with regular wellness exams and vaccinations.

Dog Diseases

Our canine companions are susceptible to a slew of diseases, some of which are also found in other animals and humans, others that are exclusive to dogs. Below, our vets share some common diseases that can be prevented by bringing your pup in for regular exams, allowing our professionals to ensure your pet is in good health


This serious illness is caused by a virus that's transmitted via saliva from an infected mammal to any other mammal, including pets, wildlife, livestock, and humans.

The rabies virus impacts the brain and central nervous system. When dogs catch this disease, it is almost always deadly.

The chance of your dog contracting the rabies virus if they come into contact with an infected animal significantly decreases if they have been properly vaccinated against the disease.

Canine Parvovirus

Highly resistant virus withstands extreme temperature changes and exposure to most disinfectants.

This disease may cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease and is especially dangerous and sometimes fatal for puppies.

Vaccination for this disease is very time sensitive. If the disease is caught, your vet will provide you with the best actions to take to treat your pup.

Canine Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a spiral bacterium that can infect animals and sometimes humans. Leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver issues in your dog. in pets and embryo death or late-term abortions in pregnant dogs.

For pregnant dogs, leptospirosis can lead to miscarriages and late-term abortions. Vaccination against leptospirosis is an important tool for preventing adult infection and puppy loss.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a bacterial respiratory tract infection that is transmitted by nasal and oral secretions. This can result in a harsh, dry cough that typically lasts from one to three weeks. Kennel cough can occur alone or in combination with other respiratory problems. 

This disease is not very likely to be fatal but does cause a lot of discomfort in your pet for weeks at a time.

A yearly vaccine should be administered to prevent your dog from catching this disease.

Canine Distemper

This disease is transmitted by direct or indirect contact with the discharges from an infected dog's eyes, nose, or urine. Distemper is highly contagious and often fatal to puppies, and even older dogs.

The annual kennel cough vaccination also provides dogs with protection against canine distemper.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

Would you like to bring your dog in for vaccinations and a wellness exam? Contact our Grand Prairie vets to schedule your pup an appointment.

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