All warm-blooded animals are at risk for contracting rabies, however, some species are much more resistant than others. Transmission of the virus is almost always through a bite from a rabid animal. There are a variety of different symptoms and once contracted there is no cure, and death is almost always the outcome.
The disease is very preventable through vaccination. While relatively rare in humans, the risk of contracting it and the outcome of the disease make precaution with wild animals and vaccination of domestic ones essential. Colorado law requires that all dogs and cats receive routine Rabies vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian.
Commonly referred to as the Canine Distemper Vaccine, this vaccine protects against:
- Canine Distemper (neurological or brain disease)
This highly contagious viral disease affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, ophthalmic and nervous systems. Typically spread through the air by contaminated respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing), it can also be spread by contact with other bodily secretions from an infected animal (urine and feces). This disease can be fatal.
- Canine Hepatitis (liver disease – can also affect the kidneys and eyes)
Caused by an Adenovirus, Hepatitis is spread in a similar fashion to the distemper virus and can live in the environment long periods of time. This disease mainly affects the liver but it can also affect the kidneys and eyes.
- Parvovirus (severe intestinal damage)
Parvo is a very common viral infection that typically strikes puppies less than a year of age, or older, unvaccinated dogs. Spread through direct contact with an infected dog’s feces or vomit, or carried home on your shoes, this virus can cause death to an infected dog.
- Parainfluenza (respiratory disease)
This highly infectious virus spreads quickly among dogs kept in close quarters and can seriously damage the respiratory system.
|Bordetella||Symptoms ranging from a mild-to-severe cough with discharge from the eyes and nose, to lack of appetite, lethargy, and other flu-like symptoms. Because the infection spreads rapidly from dog to dog in close quarters, such as a boarding kennels and grooming salons, we recommend vaccinating against kennel cough every year for dogs who are frequently boarded, groomed or attend daycare.|
|Leptospirosis||Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread through contact with urine from an infected animal, including dogs, fox, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels and skunks. This often fatal infectious disease causes severe damage to the liver and/or kidneys, and is also contagious to humans through contact with dog urine.|