Keanu looks after my well being everyday, so I have to watch his back too. Part of that is bringing him in annually for his wellness check up exam at MurrayHill Hospital. Since he will be continuing his training in the field as a PTSD Service dog, it is important to protect him from any disease he may become exposed to in the line of duty.
Because he is only 6 lbs, it was crucial to find a vet that is willing to separate his vaccines and give him the correct lowered dosage to not overwhelm his tiny system. Luckily, Mango’s vet Dr. Goodman, who treated her for her kidney insufficiency, already felt the same way as we did. Instead of getting his DHLPP all at once, his vet recommended his shots will be broken apart and individually assessed by his environment/region. (Pacific NW has cases of leptospirosis, etc.) Separating the shots will also let us know what shot is the culprit if he has an adverse reaction.
We also opted to get the three-year vaccine to avoid having him go thru this annually.
We are also separating the the time he gets his rabies from his other vaccines by at least a month. This gives his immune system a chance to recharge.
His reaction to the Distemper/Parvo shot has been mild. Just some forehead warmth, and a bit of lethargy. Going to give him some TLC before bringing him in for the next one.
Here is more info about the vaccines from Vetinfo.com.
The DHLPP vaccine for dogs is not a compulsory vaccine, but may help your dog and prevent various diseases that commonly affect canines. DHLPP are initials that stand for various canine diseases that may be potentially fatal such as the distemper, the hepatitis, leptospirosis, the parvovirus or the parainfluenza. The first DHLPP vaccine can be administered when the dog is 6 weeks old and several boosters will be given periodically during the following months. Yearly boosters are also needed for the DHLPP vaccine.
The Canine Distemper
The DHLPP vaccine prevents canine distemper, which is an infection caused by viruses. The infection can attack the intestinal tract, the respiratory tract and the central nervous system of the pet. The canine distemper is highly contagious and can be caught through the contact with bodily fluids such as nasal secretions. The virus may also be airborne and contracted in this way; dogs in kennels and animal shelters are more likely to catch the infection.
The canine hepatitis is an infectious disease caused by the adenovirus type 1. The virus can be transmitted through bodily fluids. The disease can be fatal and may manifest through the hepatitis blue eye, which is the formation of a cloudy-bluish pellicle on the surface of the dog’s eye. Vaccination can prevent the contraction of the disease.
Leptospirosis is a condition that may affect canines and humans alike. There are several types of leptospirosis and the DHLPP vaccine will prevent the occurrence of canicola and icterohaemorrhagiae. Other types of leptospirosis may be potentially dangerous for the dog, even if he receives the DHLPP vaccine. The infection manifests through elevated fever, chronic vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.
Some canines may be allergic to the DHLPP due to the leptospirosis antibodies.
The parvovirus causes a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract and will affect most often puppies. The virus may be deadly, especially in immunocompromised pets or puppies that don’t have a fully developed immune system. The presence of the virus will cause diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. The parvo can be transmitted through feces or direct contact with a contaminated area.
Parainfluenza is not a deadly disease, but it may cause a lot of discomfort and is a contagious condition. Parainflueza manifests through dry coughing and breathing problems. The condition will go away without treatment. However, it’s best if vaccines are administered to protect the dog.
The first DHLPP vaccine will be administered when the puppy is 6 weeks old or later, if the puppy has missed his vaccinations. Booster shots will be administered in the following months. After the first year of vaccines, the dog will only require a yearly booster shot, which will be helpful in preventing the above mentioned diseases in your pet. Some vets recommend administering boosters only once every 3 years.
The DHLPP vaccine is not 100% effective, but will protect most dogs that receive the recommended shots.