Category: Vaccines & Diseases

Vaccine Issues & WSAVA Guidelines 2015-2017

Dr. Jean Dodds recently gave two invited lectures on vaccine issues and guidelines for veterinarians in Israel. She would like to thank BioGal Galed Laboratories and the Israel Veterinary Medical Association for the opportunity and the wonderful time! The following is a summary of the discussion. Update on Vaccine Issues & Guidelines (2015-2017) World Small…

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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs Review

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently released its latest vaccination guidelines for dogs. The association’s primary vaccination protocol has been slightly changed since the last revision in 2011. These updates, while not readily apparent, are still significant. Before we delve into those changes, let’s review the core vaccination protocol compared to the one I…

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Top 10 Facts on Vaccines

1. “Core” vaccines important for puppies and kittens. 2. Other vaccines optional depending on location and lifestyle. 3. Annual boosters not required and usually unnecessary/unwise. 4. Vaccination may not equate to immunization; check serum titers to validate. 5. Long-term protection from canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus; feline panleukopenia. 6. Measure serum antibody (vaccine titers) instead annually…

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Coronavirus Vaccine for Dogs

There are two significant strains of canine coronavirus (the respiratory group 2 strain, and the enteric group 1 strain) produce vastly different symptoms. The canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV) is a part of the kennel cough complex and is spread in kennel-like situations where dogs have high contact with one another or infected surfaces. It is…

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Dramatic Differences Between Adenoviruses in Dogs

Several strains of adenovirus exist, but two clinically significant adenovirus types have been identified in dogs: adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1) and adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2). Interestingly, these two adenoviruses are spread similarly, but the resulting diseases are vastly different.   Both adenoviruses are spread from dog-to-dog interactions through infected respiratory secretions or contact with contaminated…

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Herpesvirus in Dogs and The Fading Puppy Syndrome

It is estimated that at least 70% of the canine population is infected with the canine herpesvirus (CHV) , which generally does not cause clinically significant illness. However, the mortality rate of newborn puppies – that acquire the disease – is estimated at 100%. Indeed, CHV rapidly invades the entire body, affecting all organs, the…

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Parainfluenza in Dogs: What is it?

    Before we delve into parainfluenza, we need to clear up confusion. The canine parainfluenza virus is separate from the canine influenza viruses. Therefore, the parainfluenza vaccine will not provide protection against the canine influenza viruses H3N2 and H3N8, nor will canine influenza vaccines protect against canine parainfluenza. However, for clarification, canine influenza virus infection…

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