WELCOME TO "VACCINATE YOUR MATE"
As a dog owner, I'm sure that you have heard people talking about vaccinating their dogs, but maybe, nobody has told you why you should do it or what these vaccinations are for.
Hopefully, the information on this site will help to shed some light on the subject so that you can understand more about the subject and especially why regular vaccinations are so very important.
COMMON VACCINES USED FOR DOGS.
Currently, in Australia there are three main vaccine combinations in popular use and these are regularly called the C3, C4 and C5.
Although there are C6 and C7 combinations available as well, these would normally only be administered if your vet considers that there are "special" circumstances that relate to your dog or possibly, the area that you live in.
The most important thing for you, as a dog owner is to ensure that you visit your vet regularly (at least once a year) and ask for his advice because he knows what the current situation is in your locality and if there are any specific dangers your dog may be facing.
Without going into a lot of detail, the vaccines that are commonly used (C3, C4 and C5) are used to protect your dog against the following viruses and conditions:
C3 - Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus.
C4 - Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Parainfluenza (The Viral component of Canine Cough sometimes called "Kennel Cough")
C5 - Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza and Bordatella Bronchiseptica The Bacterial component of Canine Cough sometimes called "Kennel Cough")
Thankfully, due to the widespread use of vaccines, many of these viruses are not very common in many parts of the world.
Kennel Cough is still quite common and although it does cause a lot of discomfort to infected dogs, if it is treated promptly, it is not generally life threatening.
Canine Parvovirus (also known as Parvo or CPV) on the other hand, is a major concern for dog owners and vets all over the world and it's a sad fact that there are more and more cases being reported daily.
As Parvo is such a large concern for us all, most of the information on this site will concentrate on Parvo with the hope that more people will learn about the dangers of the virus and help to spread the word to dog owners everywhere.