DHPP (Canine Distemper)
Distemper is a contagious, incurable, often fatal viral disease. Canine distemper occurs worldwide and once was the leading cause of death in unvaccinated puppies. Widespread vaccination has dramatically reduced its incidence, however, the doctors at Apache Animal Hospital recommend ALL dogs be vaccinated for distemper.
Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks. The disease can cause problems in many parts of a dog's body including the heart, kidneys and joints. In some cases, untreated Lyme disease can be fatal. In 2005, Apache Animal Hospital found over 120 dogs that tested positive for Lyme disease. Some of the dogs that tested positive live in the city and never leave their backyard. For this reason, we recommend that ALL dogs receive the Lyme vaccine every year.
Leptospirosis (Lepto) is caused by a bacteria that thrives in water. Infection occurs when an animal (or person) comes in contact with infected urine or urine-infected water such as ponds. The disease can result in chronic liver and kidney disease and even death. We recommend Lepto vaccination yearly for dogs that hunt or spend a lot of time roaming outdoors where they may swim in ponds (such as at cabins).
Bordetella, also known as "kennel cough", is a highly contagious bacterial disease characterized by severe coughing and gagging. Bordetella is required at most kennel facilities and is highly recommended for any dog that will be around other dogs such as attneding obedience class, going to a dog park, or going to a groomer.
Rabies is a very serious, fatal disease that is often carried by raccoons, bats and skunks. Rabies can also be transmitted to humans. For this reason, the state of Minnesota REQUIRES all dogs to be vaccinated against rabies. We use a rabies vaccine that protects your dog from rabies for 3 years.