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First Shots for Puppy part 2

To continue with raising a healthy puppy to adulthood. There is one important Vaccination that covers a larger group of nasties, so talk with your Veterinarian.

In the part 1,  I mentioned several vaccinations recommended by Veterinarians:

 Kennel cough/Bordetella vaccine, Parvovirus, Lyme disease.

First shot at eight weeks the DHPP (or DHLPP) vaccine, what does all the letters mean?

D is for Distemper: Distemper is a virus that causes respiratory and neurologic signs in young puppies. The virus is shed in body secretions, therefore coughing, sneezing, and even urination can spread the virus. After a seven day incubation period, you may notice discharge from the eyes and nose, fever, decreased appetite, and coughing. In the neurologic form of the disease, the pup may have tremors and seizures. 

Distemper is difficult to definitively diagnose, and is often treated on the suspicion of clinical signs. There is no specific treatment for distemper – treatment centers on supportive care while the puppy mounts his own immune response. 

 

H is for Hepatitis: Contagious hepatitis is spread through ingestion of the urine, feces, blood or saliva of an infected animal. This virus replicates in the tonsils and then affects the liver and kidneys. Clinical signs follow a four-to-nine day incubation period. Affected puppies usually have a fever, a lack of appetite and abdominal pain. Swelling of the cornea can lead to “blue eye” and other symptoms of liver failure (jaundice) may occur. Severe cases cause bleeding, and may require blood transfusions. There is no cure for hepatitis. Treatment is supportive and includes fluid therapy and antibiotics. 

 

P is for Parvovirus: Parvovirus is almost exclusively a disease of puppies, and is often fatal. (Mention is part 1) Parvo is everywhere, in the environment! Your clothes or shoes and even survive freezing temperatures can come with you!!. 

 

P is for Parainfluenza: kennel cough ( Mentioned part 1), parainfluenza is a respiratory disease that can progress to pneumonia.  It is spread through contact with nasal secretions of an infected dog, and it’s most common clinical sign is coughing.

 

L is for Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is not a virus, but a type of bacteria called a spirochete. It is spread by contact with the urine of an infected host animal (usually rodents). Once infected, the organism spreads rapidly through the blood causing joint pain, depression, and fever before it settles in the kidney, ultimately causing kidney failure. Sometimes the liver is also affected. Leptospirosis is deadly, and even more importantly, humans can be infected through contact with contaminated urine. Leptospirosis tends to be a disease of dogs with an outdoor lifestyle because it is often associated with ponds or other standing water.  Because the vaccine for lepto sometimes causes a vaccine reaction, we tend to leave this vaccine out of the mix for small breed dogs, especially if they lead an indoor lifestyle.

 In general, puppies start with a DHPP vaccine at eight weeks old and get boosters at 12 and 16 weeks. The “L” or lepto part of the vaccine, will be added at the 12 and 16 week visits for dogs considered at risk of exposure. 

For more information speak with your Veterinarian. or visit American Veterinary Medical Assocaition http://www.avma.org/

 

March 31, 2011 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Can you believe the last Wednesday of March

Here is the wordless Wednesday

March 30, 2011 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

Buckle Up…road trip

Standard Dog Seat Belt - Black - x-sm to x-lg

In the news: The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on child safety seats in vehicles:  child safety guidelines have changed( age, weight,  type of buster seat) traveling in the car. The age and weight of the children should be in the back seat, babies and toddlers should be facing backward. For more information about child safety visit http://www.aap.org

 Have you ever thought what about the dog?

I can only say, after last summer. When my folks with their golden retreiver had an auto accident. The dog bounced around the vehicle, causing damage to my Mom. All are fine today. But if the dog had been buckled in with a dog harness. Could that have prevented bodily harm. Very possible.

Many pet owners crate their dog in the back of the SUV or large vehicle. Do you secure the crate, to prevent movement? My thought was the same. Would the crate bounce around in an accident? I don’t know? Depending on the size of the dog, crate and design of the vehicle? Who can say….

What are your thoughts?  Have you or know someone who has experienced this?

So here is a resource for you and your travel dog. Even if a few minutes down the road: Buckle Up. Pet Auto Safety provides dog harness for all sizes.

Guardian Gear Paw Print Dog Seat Belt -Black - x-sm to x-lg

http://www.petautosafety.com/dog-car-seat-belts

 A concerned pet owner, bring a thoughtful ‘pawes’ to our day : )

March 29, 2011 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Puppy Shots t’is the Season. part 1

Spring is here, your family just adopted a puppy. Now What? Keeping your new family member healthy. Here are a few shots your puppy should have. Follow your veterinarian recommendation on follow ups. One shot does not prevent.

Kennel cough/Bordetella vaccine. Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a contagious respiratory disease noted for its distinctive hacking cough. The cough can be quite persistent and occasionally can progress to pneumonia.

Parvovirus, can be any where. Puppies smell the earth, another poop, best to avoid public places. If you are attending puppy classes ask about prevention. To cure is a long medical process, and most puppies do not make it : (     Parvo causes sever diarrhea, white blood cells weaken, dehydration, lack of appittite. Please vaccinate.

Lyme disease is spread by the deer tick, (from the east to west coast). It causes shifting leg lameness, a lack of appetite, fever, and lethargy.  Prevention the use of tick powder, tick and fleas drops, or a collor helps. Ask your veterinarian. If you live in an area where there is no Lyme disease, your pup does not need the Lyme vaccine. If there is Lyme in your area, and your dog goes outdoors where he may come into contact with ticks, you should consider the vaccine for your dog. If you choose to have your puppy get the Lyme vaccine, it will be given at his 12 week visit and boostered at his 16 week visit.

For more information about raising a healthy puppy to adulthood, ask your Veterinarian.

March 28, 2011 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

“Pawsta for Overpopulation Prevention” Dinner and Silent Auction

 Spay/Neuter Coalition
Darby’s Story is supporting

“Pawsta for Overpopulation Prevention”

A Mom’s Choice Award Silver Recipient is a Silent Auction Item.

Saturday, April 23 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Conservatory at Waterstone (Historic Downtown Acworth)
4849 N. Main Street
Acworth, GA 30101

Three course dinner and silent auction. Penne Pasta w/ light cream sauce or Vegetarian Quiche, salad, bread, and desert. Cash bar available as well.

Tickets are available in advance for only $30 per person. Checks can be mailed to : Spay/Neuter Coalition P.O. Box 544 Lebanon, GA 30146 OR you can use the PayPal option via this link:
http://spayneutercoalition.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/fde104395b9b6580 Please include your email address, as we will send confirmation via email.

Hope you can join us for a fun night and to raise much needed funds for our fight against pet overpopulation in Georgia.

March 25, 2011 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Your Dog’s a Star….

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We can help reach more!

Congratulation to the following recipients:

This spring season, three books are offered to non-profit animal organization for fundraising purposes.

Darby's Story

A Mom’s Choice Award Silver Recipient for Animal & Pet Care

Here are the Three recipient: Darby’s Story book is helping their fundraising efforts.

Spay/Neuter Coalition

 

Congratulations to Spay and Neuter Coalition of Georgia the third to receive Darby’s Story the Life of an Adopted Dog

 for thier

“Pawsta for Overpopulation Prevention” Dinner and Silent Auction

April 23, 2011

The Conservatory at Waterstone (Historic Downtown Acworth)

4849 N. Main Street
Acworth, GA 30101
RSVP
Three course dinner and silent auction. Penne Pasta w/ light cream sauce or Vegetarian Quiche, salad, bread, and desert. Cash bar available as well.
* Tickets are available in advance for only $30 per person. Checks can be mailed to : Spay/Neuter Coalition P.O. Box 544 Lebanon, GA 30146 OR you can use the PayPal option via this link:
http://spayneutercoalition.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/fde104395b9b6580 Please include your email address, as we will send confirmation via email.
Hope you can join us for a fun night and to raise much needed funds for our fight against pet overpopulation in Georgia.
We are a positive non-profit group in Georgia. We are dedicated to implementing more spay and neuter via education, outreach, marketing and collaborating with other organizations with the same mission. We also promote the many low cost spay/neuter options already available to the general public.
 
Their email address: spayneutercoalition@ gmail.com (non-profit) Spay/Neuter Coalition. We also promote the many low cost options already available in Georgia.

Congratulations to Top Paw the first to receive Darby’s Story the Life of an Adopted Dog

 at Pugs & Pooches Winter Bark 2011.

 

Congratulations to Outreach to Pets in Need ‘OPIN’ the second

to receive Darby’s Story the Life of an Adopted Dog

This summer July 2011 three books will be offered book giveaway to a non-profit animal group for fundraising.

Fill in the information below to quest Darby’s Story.

March 24, 2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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