Although protecting our pets against some diseases has been made
possible with the use of today's vaccines, no vaccine is 100%
effective. There are always things that can interfere with how well the
body uses vaccines to protect itself. The quality of the vaccine. How
it is stored. How it is given. The proper timing of vaccinations. The
health of the pet at the time a vaccine is given. The ability of the
immune system to make use of the vaccine. All of these factors make it
important that a physical be given, a history taken and a professional
give the vaccination and advise of the proper timing necessary to
provide the optimal protection. That is why at Ojai Pet Hospital a
visit with Dr. Shouse and a thorough physical and history are strongly
is a widespread, usually fatal disease that causes severe pneumonia. If
the pet survives the pneumonia, it usually develops serious
neurological problems that can be life threatening. Some pets will only
experience a mild disease that can, in later life, result in
Canine adenovirus type-1 and type-2
cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection, respectively.
Hepatitis caused by adenovirus type-1 may cause severe kidney damage or
death. Adenovirus type-2 is an important factor in kennel cough.
is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage. The
disease is easily spread to other pets or to humans.
is another cause of kennel cough. Although parainfluenza is often a
mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs, it can be severe
in puppies or debilitated dogs.
infection is a disease of widespread distribution which may cause
severe dehydrating diarrhea in dogs of varying ages. Parvovirus
infection is especially dangerous for puppies. Although with intensive
veterinary care, most dogs can survive parvovirus, intensive
veterinary care is very expensive, and who will survive and who will
not cannot be predicted. Prevention is obviously the best course. Dogs
must be vaccinated up to about 5 months of age to properly protect
against this disease.
infection is a highly contagious intestinal disease causing vomiting
and diarrhea in dogs of all ages. Especially in young puppies,
dehydration from coronavirus infection can be life-threatening. In its
initial stages, the disease is difficult to tell apart from parvovirus.
Canine bordetella (B. bronchiseptica)
may contribute to kennel cough. This bacterial infection can occur
alone or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type-2 infection,
parainfluenza, and other respiratory problems.
is a tick borne bacterial disease that initially causes unexplained
lethargy, stiffness, decreased appetite and periodic vomiting and if
not treated in time can cause arthritic joint disease, meningitis and
heart disease. Although this disease is contagious to other pets and
humans, the disease is spread only by tick bites. If your pet should
come down with this disease you cannot contract it yourself directly
from the pet, unless the pet still has ticks on it.
one of the world's most publicized and feared diseases, is almost
always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous
system, and is transmitted to humans chiefly through the bite of an