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If you are located in the Eastern Panhandle we highly recommend Inwood Animal Center or Big Spring Animal Hospital as your primary veterianarians.
For many years Dr. Carol Pierson supported and cared for our dogs and provided mental strength to us!
We are thankful to have her and her expertise so close to us.

You can call their office in Inwood @ 304.229.7387
or you can call their office in Martinsburg @ 304.267.2909 .

In case of an after hours emergency we recommend Valley Vet Emergency in Winchester.
Their number is 540.662.7811 

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Below some information about vaccination and parasites.

Also don't forget to visit our Puppy care page. The page is filled with information about puppies, how to raise them, and how to protect them.

 

 

Canine Vaccinations

 

DHLPP

 

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious and often fatal virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. It can be spread as an airborne infection or through contact with an infected animal, its feces, or its urine. Because a puppy's natural immunity may wear off before he is vaccinated, reduce risk of exposure by limiting contact with unfamiliar dogs until vaccinations series is completed.

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nose and eye discharges, fever, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and seizures.

Preventative Measures: Vaccination is the only effective control

 

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (also known as adenovirus)is a viral disease spread by contact with infected animals, their feces, urine, or saliva. It affects the liver, kidneys, and cells lining the blood vessels.

Symptoms include high fever, thirst, inflammation of nose or mouth, diarrhea, abdominal pain and tenderness, liver damage, loss of appetite, hemorrhage, and depression.

Vaccination provides excellent immunity

 

 

Leptospirosis is an extremely contagious bacterial disease that spreads through contact with nasal secretions, urine, or saliva of infected animals. Early signs are not apparent, so infection can go undetected. Recovered animals can continue spreading the disease, which can also affect humans.

Leptospirosis may produce inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and listlessness. Liver damage can also occur. Note that early signs of the disease may not be readily apparent.

Preventative Measures: Vaccination is available for Leptospirosis.

 

Parvovirus is a common, deadly viral infection, usually of puppies. Parvovirus is spread by contact with feces, blood, or vomit of an infected dog.

Symptoms include severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dehydration.

A series of vaccinations are given from 6 to 20 weeks, with annual boosters. Animals that often stay in kennels, travel to dog shows, or are exposed to other dogs should be vaccinated annually. Check with your veterinarian.

 

Para influenza is a highly infectious virus that can be one of the causes of "kennel cough." It spreads quickly among dogs kept in close quarters. If neglected, it may seriously damage the respiratory system and even lead to death.

Para influenza may produce a harsh, dry, hacking cough, loss of appetite, depression, and runny nose and eyes.

Initial vaccinations are given beginning as early as 6 weeks, followed by annual boosters.

 

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Rabies is an infection of the central nervous system that results in paralysis and death. Rabies is always fatal. It is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies is a serious public health threat, so it is essential to vaccinate our dog. Most states have laws requiring vaccinations.

A stage of hight excitability includes unprovoked biting and sensitivity to noise. There is also a stage of paralysis, cramps, and swallowing difficulties.

Vaccination can be given as early as 3 month. Check with your veterinarian.

 

Corona virus is a highly contagious viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract. Corona virus is spread by contact with the feces, blood, or vomit of an infected dog.

The symptoms of corona virus include vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, and dehydration.

Consult a veterinarian about a possible vaccination, depending on your puppy's risk.

 

Bordatella is a bacterial infection involved in infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) and is spread by airborne bacteria. A dog may catch this disease through contact with other dogs at places like kennels, dogs shows, and field trials.

Bordatella may produce persistent coughing, sneezing, and retching, accompanied by nasal discharge. Increased susceptibility to other upper respiratory infections is also possible.

Ask your veterinarian about your puppy's need for vaccination against the Bordatella virus.  

 

Lyme Disease is a tick-borne disease effecting both humans and animals.

Lyme Disease can exhibit itself as arthritis, sudden onset of severe pain and lameness, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and depression.

Ask your veterinarian about the vaccine for Lyme Disease. Vaccine may be recommended depending on the risk to the puppy in your location.

 

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Parasites

 

Parasites are organisms that can live in or on another living thing. Parasite checks must be conducted early and often, since parasites can be transmitted to puppies from their mothers.

If left unchecked, parasites can make life miserable for you and your puppy. As with most health problems, prevention of parasites is easier and less expensive than treatment.

So be alert for early signs and symptoms. Some signs are weight loss, diarrhea, black tarry stools containing blood and/-or mucus in the stool.

 

Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm, and Coccidia are some of the parasites name's.

 

Ask your veterinarian about deworming your puppy regularly.  

 

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