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Killer Diseases in Dogs


When it comes to our four legged friends there is nothing worse than the prospect of them getting sick. There are a number of killer dog diseases in existence, each with their own particular symptoms and characteristics. In this article we will supply a few of these diseases, and there relevant features.


The first of the dog killer diseases we will mention is Canine Distemper. This serious dog disease is caused by the virus paramyxovirus, and affects dogs of all ages, though younger dogs are more at risk due to their underdeveloped immune systems. This killer diseases can be spread via the air and the dogs excrement's. Once a dog has contracted this disease they will exhibit the following symptoms, vomiting, decrease in appetite, and diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, fever,  lethargy, weakness, and depression, muscle twitching around the mouth and legs, Seizures and paralysis, hardening of footpads and nose pad and in some cases death is the end result. The prevention technique for this killer diseases is a series of  Vaccinations, which can begin when the puppy is 6 weeks of age. Additionally booster shots will be administrated on a regular basis to maintain the antibodies against the virus. Another thing that the owner can undertake is to keep proper hygiene and sanitation methods in place.

Parainfluenza is a contagious respiratory canine illness that is spread via contact with the nasal secretions of dogs that are infected with the disease and through fecal matter. The symptoms for this killer diseases are as follows, 10-21 days of coughing, nasal discharges, minor fever, Pneumonia, Increased Respiratory Effort and Rate, and lethargy. Treatment can be achieved by the administration of antibiotics, a proper nutritional diet and a clean environment. Therefore there is a vaccine that can be administrated to young dogs that will prohibit them from acquiring this killer diseases in the first place. After the initial vaccine the dog should be given annual booster shoots; and females should be treated 2 weeks prior to any planned breeding. 


Canine hepatitis is an acute liver disorder caused by  adenovirus type-1. The transmission of this killer diseases is achieved via direct contact between an uninfected dog and an infected dog ( or their excrement's). The symptoms for this dog disease are,  fever, depression, loss of appetite, coughing, and a tender abdomen, jaundice, vomiting, and hepatic encephalopathy and  cloudy corneas. Unfortunately this dog disease actually has no cure ta this present time, but their are preventive measures which you can undertake. These include a vaccine ( CAV-1 or CAV-2) which is administrated to young puppies or adult dogs to provide accurate immunity. 

Rabies is quite possibly the most infamous and feared of the killer dog diseases in existence. The very name itself has the ability to provoke vivid and fearful images of raging and frothing dogs, which exhibit a definite aura of danger. Rabies is a virus that enters upon a dog and effects their brain. The symptoms for this disease are Apprehension and anxiety, fever, Irritability and erratic behavior, difficulty breathing, and ultimately respiratory failure. At this present time there is no known cure for this devastating disease, but their is a vaccine which is the best known preventive measure which owners can undertake. 

Tips and comments

The best thing that you can do as a dog owner is to get your dogs vaccinated. This is the best preventive measures which you can undertake.

By Athena Rhodes, published at 03/14/2012
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