The ‘C’ stands for Canine and the number 3 or 5 stands for the number of diseases the vaccination protects your puppy or dog from. The C5 vaccination is required and an up to date vaccination certificate requested by all boarding kennels and dog hotels.
The C3 vaccination protects your puppy or dog from the following diseases:
A highly contagious virus that attacks a dog’s intestines and can survive for long periods in the ground after being passed in the faeces of infected dogs. Therefore, it can be picked up in most areas visited by dogs such as dog parks. All dogs are at risk if they haven’t been vaccinated.
Symptoms of Parvovirus
- Sudden severe vomiting
- Bloody diarrhoea
- Lack of appetite and depression
There is no drug available that can kill the virus, treatment concentrates on supporting the dog until the virus has left their body. Unfortunately, despite the best treatment death can occur very quickly and in some cases within 24hrs of seeing the first symptoms. Very young puppies can pass away without showing any symptoms apart from looking unwell.
A highly contagious disease contracted by dogs of all ages. Many dogs die soon after showing symptoms, the few that recover are often left with permanent brain damage. Treatment is often ineffective.
Symptoms of Distemper
- Nasal discharge
Nearly all dogs are exposed to this virus at some stage in their lives, but fortunately only few become ill. Recovered dogs become carriers, shedding the virus in their urine and other secretions.
In puppies hepatitis can cause sudden death, whilst adult dogs experience weakness, fever, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and bleeding.
A complex disease caused by bacteria and viruses. It is highly contagious and can be picked up by contact with other infected dogs. Affected dogs will have a hacking cough persisting for weeks. In puppies and senior dogs the disease can be very debilitating.
The C5 vaccination protects your dog from Distemper, Parvovirus and hepatitis PLUS:
Parainfluenza is easily spread from dog to dog and causes symptoms that can be fatal. The highest instances of this respiratory infection are seen areas with high dog populations such as race tracks, boarding kennels and pet stores, but it remains highly contagious to any dog of any age. Symptoms can vary in intensity and commonly affect younger puppies and aging dogs the worst.
- Dry or hacking cough that may worsen with activity
- Difficulty with breathing, wheezing
- Runny nose
- Runny eyes, eye inflammation or conjunctivitis
- Possible pneumonia with depression, loss of appetite and lethargy
One of the most important factors to contain the virus and treat it before it can spread to other dogs. Many dogs can recover from this virus naturally, but they remain contagious and the virus can spread easily through respiratory secretions and through the air. For this reason, the virus is usually treated aggressively with antibiotics and antiviral drugs.