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  • Recommended vaccinations

    Dogs and puppies are at risk for several serious diseases. Take a moment to learn a little about them, the threat they pose to your pet, and see which vaccines are required by law. And remember, even if your dog is an “inside” dog, he or she is still at risk


    Rabies is always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of the animal, leading to an agonizing death. Infection is usually transmitted via the saliva of a rabid animal through a bite, through contamination of scratch wounds, or through mucosal membranes. Because rabies can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, it can pose a serious public health concern if an outbreak is suspected or reported. Most states have laws requiring rabies vaccines.

    Canine Distemper

    Canine distemper is a viral infection that can affect a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system. In affected dogs, clinical signs vary depending on age, immune status of the host, and virus strain. Common signs of illness include fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, and upper respiratory tract infection.

    Canine Parvovirus (CPV) Infection

    Canine parvovirus infection, commonly referred to as CPV or canine “parvo,” is highly contagious and attacks quickly. CPV can spread to dogs from any animal, human, or object that comes in contact with feces of an infected dog. The virus can survive for months on objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. Treatment is difficult and often involves hospitalization. Clinical signs include severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea.

    Canine Hepatitis

    Canine hepatitis is a viral disease caused by canine adenovirus (CAV)-1. It affects the liver, kidneys, and eyes in dogs. Clinical signs include fever, vomiting, coughing, and eye inflammation.

    Canine Parainfluenza

    Canine parainfluenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It produces an acute cough in dogs. Viral shedding persists for 8 to 10 days after infection. Clinical signs include high-pitched cough, nasal discharge, and episodes of gagging.

    Canine Coronavirus Infection

    Canine coronavirus infection (CCV) is an intestinal disease in dogs. It’s caused by the canine coronavirus and is highly contagious. An infected dog can shed virus for up to 6 months. Puppies are most at risk of developing serious complications with this virus. CCV is spread through the feces of infected dogs. Clinical signs include diarrhea, vomiting and anorexia.


    Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection of the Leptospira bacteria. Transmission may result from contaminated water sources, soil, and food. Large-breed, outdoor dogs are commonly affected, with young dogs more severely affected than adult dogs. Clinical signs include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, shivering, and muscle tenderness, as well as liver and kidney dysfunction.

    Lyme disease

    Lyme disease comes from ticks that carry the bacteria. Lyme disease affects many dogs differently. Some may not display any clinical signs. Others may start with limping, swelling in the lymph nodes, and fever, and can progress to loss of appetite and lethargy. Lyme disease can also attack dogs’ joints, causing serious pain. Antibiotics can help treat the disease, but do not eliminate the disease-causing bacteria transmitted by tick bites. As a result, Lyme disease is recurring and can strike an infected dog again and again. Although direct infection or disease transmission is not yet documented in every state, cases of Lyme disease in dogs have been reported throughout the country.


    Bordetella is also referred to as infectious tracheobronchitis. This infection is in the trachea, or windpipe, and the lower respiratory passages, or bronchi. It is an extremely contagious upper respiratory disease that spreads among dogs through the air. The distinctive honking cough is a sign of Bordetella, which is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, or possibly both types of infections. Symptoms are generally mild and last seven to 10 days; but if your dog also has a viral infection, this time period can extend to three weeks or longer.

    CIV H3N2 & CIV H3N8

    Canine influenza viruses (CIV H3N8 and CIV H3N2) cause a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as 'Canine Flu'. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is one of the causes of CIRDC (Canine Infectious Disease Complex) - also called 'Canine Cough' or 'Kennel Cough'. Two different canine influenza viruses have been isolated in the US. Canine influenza viruses are relatively new viruses, so virtually all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop CIV infection have a mild illness, but some dogs become very sick and require treatment.

  • Nutrition

    It is important to feed a proper balance diet to your dog and cat.

    Here at Porter Animal Hospital, we offer Hill's® Science Diet® & Hill's® Prescription Diet® for your pets health and their special needs.

    What does Good Nutrition do for your Pet?

    • Muscle Tone and Body Condition
    • Skin and Hair Coat Health
    • Digestion and Elimination
    • Immunity and Prevention of Disease
  • Exercise

    Exercise is a necessity for maintaining optimal physical and mental well-being. As with people, obesity is becoming a major health problem in today's dogs. Between 20 and 40 percent of all dogs seen by veterinarians in the United States are considered overweight, and many are clinically obese. Obesity prevents dogs from enjoying many physical activities; it also decreases speed and stamina and makes it more difficult for dogs to deal with heat.

    Obesity is also associated with certain medical problems:

    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Heart disease
    • Urinary bladder stones
    • Arthritic changes in overly burdened joints
    • Increased risk of torn ligaments
    • Back problems
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Increased surgical risks
    • Skin problems
    • Increase in risk for some cancers