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New Vaccination Immunology: Canine Diseases


A fatal viral infection of the central nervous system that
can affect all mammals, including humans. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (CDV)
A widespread and often fatal disease which can cause vomiting, diarrhea pneumonia and neurological problems including seizures. This disease is difficult to treat and suffering is prolonged.

Hepatitis (CAV-1)
A rare viral disease which may lead to severe damage of the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs.

Parvovirus (CPV)
A highly contagious and potentially fatal disease which may cause severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea. It is especially dangerous in young dogs, but all unvaccinated dogs are at risk of contracting this severe disease.

Not Recommended

Canine Corona virus (CCV)
A contagious viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract which causes mild diarrhea. Only puppies less than 8 weeks of age are susceptible to this disease. This is a very rare disease. Vaccination is not recommended. The
efficacy of the vaccine is doubtful.

A bacterial infection that may lead to permanent kidney and liver damage. It is contagious to humans through contact with water contaminated by urine from wildlife. It is unlikley that a human would get Lepto from a dog.

There are an average of 12 cases per year in dogs in Texas. Hunting dogs account for 40% of cases. Cases are primarily in the areas with the heaviest rainfall.

Chances of reactions to this vaccine are high, and chances of contracting this disease are literally one in a million. Vaccination is not recommended.

Lyme Disease
A disease transmitted by ticks which infects both humans and dogs. This disease can damage the joints and kidneys. 85% of cases are found in 9 New England area States plus Michigan and Minnesota.

Dogs in Texas are at very low risk of contacting this disease. The Ixodid Tick/ reservoir deer mouse relationship is not found in Texas.

A temporal relationship between the vaccine and polyarthritis has been noted. People traveling to New England States with their pets should utilize effective tick control and consider the benefits of vaccination vs the risks.


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