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Diseases of Dogs

Infectious canine diseases for which there is a vaccine include:

*Canine Distemper: Caused by paramyxovirus, which damages the brain.

Attacks: *Central nervous system *Respiratoy system *Gastrointestinal system *Skin Symptoms: *Loss of appeptite *Paralysis *Nasal & eye discharge *Diarrhoea & vomiting *Fever *Hardened footpads or nose *Epileptic-type fits (underlying brain dysfunction). Treatment: Vaccination gives good protection but is not lifelong so booster vaccinations are essential.

* Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough syndrome): The Bordetella bacterium commonly causing this are very contagious and commonly present when dogs are housed together,

Infects: respiratory tracts in dogs of any age. Symptoms: *Dry cough *Retching/gagging *Sneezing/nasal discharge

* Canine parvovirus:

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