Other Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. The most common zoonoses in pets are parasitic diseases and children seem to be most susceptible.
Heartworm is a potentially fatal, but easily preventable, parasitic disease of dogs and cats. Dogs are much more severely affected than cats. The parasite is transmitted via mosquitoes and the adults live in the heart and pulmonary arteries. This disease is becoming more prevalent in the state of Michigan. Common signs of heartworm infection include coughing, exercise intolerance, failure to grow, and labored breathing. The severity of the signs is often related to the dog's activity level and many dogs will show no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced. Due to the high risk of heartworm disease in our area, we recommend year-round preventative medication and annual heartworm testing for all dogs. Puppies should be started on a heartworm preventative at 8 weeks of age and should remain on a monthly, year-round preventative for the rest of their lives. All dogs should be tested for the disease between 7-10 months of age and annually thereafter. The preventative medication not only prevents heartworms, but treats and protects against multiple intestinal parasites, including round and hook worms.
Vaccinations are important for the health and well being of dogs and cats of all ages. At Tail Waggers we recognize that every pet is unique and every pet receives an individual vaccine recommendation. We currently offer vaccinations for the following diseases:
Canine Parvovirus is shed in the feces and can survive for years in the environment. It attacks the gastrointestinal system causing severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. Parvovirus is also frequently fatal with or without aggressive symptomatic treatment.
Canine Hepatitis, Adenovirus, and Parainfluenza are all potentially fatal communicable diseases.
Puppies should receive a series of either 3 or 4 DHPP vaccinations every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks of age and ending at 16 weeks of age. Adults should receive an annual booster starting 1 year after completion of the puppy series.
Puppies older than 16 weeks and unvaccinated adult dogs should receive a series of 2 DHPP vaccines 3-4 weeks apart followed by annual boosters thereafter.
Certain breeds are genetically more prone to getting Parvo and those breeds may be given one extra DHPP booster