In our previous Staff Chat, we discussed the rabies vaccine, which is a “core” or required vaccine. In this chat, we’ll discuss the DA2PP vaccine, which is sometimes referred to as the “parvo combo” vaccine and is also a core vaccine. As you’ll see, this vaccine is packed with prevention!
The “D” in DA2PP stands for distemper. The canine distemper virus is a serious, contagious virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs and puppies, and is often fatal. It can be spread by sneezing, coughing, sharing food or water bowls, and can even be passed through the placenta from a mom to her pups. Symptoms can include eye discharge, lethargy, fever, vomiting, coughing, and neurological symptoms such as circling, head tilting, seizures, and paralysis.
The “A2” stands for adenovirus 1 and 2. Adenovirus 2 causes respiratory disease, and symptoms can include coughing, gagging, nasal discharge, and a fever. Adenovirus 1 causes infectious canine hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver. In mild cases, symptoms may include a decreased appetite, a mild fever, and your dog may appear depressed. In severe cases, there will additionally be abdominal pain, gastrointestinal upset, fluid swelling under the skin of the head and neck, and possibly jaundice. Severe cases are often fatal.
The first “P” in DA2PP stands for parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and causes vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and dehydration. If not caught very early and treated – successful treatment is often extensive and expensive – parvovirus can also be fatal.
The second “P” stands for parainfluenza virus, which is a highly contagious virus that causes coughing and respiratory disease.
The DA2PP vaccine is usually the first vaccine given to a puppy. It will be boostered one to two times depending on age. The final vaccine is effective for one year. This vaccine, like the rabies vaccine, is also available as a three-year vaccine after the initial year.
That does it for the current “core” vaccines. In our next Staff Chat, we’ll discuss the “non-core” vaccines – ones that may be recommended based on your dog’s medical history and lifestyle.
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