Gentle Healer Pet Clinic
Confused about the abbreviations on your pets distemper vaccine?  
Did you know that the word DISTEMPER is an old-fashioned word meaning a "disease" of an animal?  The word distemper has no reflection on your
pets behavior or personality. 

CANINE
On most veterinary records you might see the abbreviations "DHAPPL". These abbreviations can be very confusing for many pet owners. 
'D' is for Canine Distemper Virus
Infection with this virus is serious, with a death rate approaching 50% in untreated dogs. The virus attacks the respiratory, digestive, and brain/nervous systems of dogs.
'H' is for Hepatitis
Since this vaccine protects against canine adenovirus-2 and adenovirus-1, it is often referred to as A2. Canine adenovirus-1 causes canine infectious hepatitis, a serious disease that affects the liver.
'A' is for Adenovirus-2
Canine adenovirus-2 causes respiratory disease and is one of the infectious agents commonly associated with canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough.
'P' is for Parvovirus
Infection with this virus is highly contagious and serious, with a death rate approaching 90% in untreated dogs. The virus attacks the digestive and immune systems of unvaccinated animals, causing debilitating diarrhea and vomiting.
'P' is for Parainfluenza
This is a mild respiratory viral disease in dogs.
'L' is for Leptospirosis
This potentially serious bacterial disease attacks the kidneys and liver of infected dogs and can be transmitted to humans. Vaccination against this disease is generally considered "non-core" but may be recommended in areas where leptospirosis is common.

FELINE

On most veterinary records you might see the abbreviations "FRVCP", these abbreviations can be very confusing for the common pet owner. 

'P' is for Panleukopenia

Caused by the dangerous parvovirus, panleukopenia is symptomized by vomiting, diarrhea, fever and a loss of appetite. This sad, fast-spreading disease attacks the white blood cells your kitty needs to fight off infections. Breaking down the word, you can see the meaning much easier: "pan" refers to "all," "leuko" refers to "white blood cells" and "enia" means "low." This disease is so severe it can result in the loss of entire litters of kittens. Panleukopenia can spread from cat to cat through any body secretion.

'C' is for Calicivirus

Another easily transmitted feline disease, calicivirus can be associated with high mortality rates. This infection is most easily acquired by kittens and kitties with compromised immune systems, although all cats may get the disease. Sneezing, nose discharge, lameness and stiffness are all symptoms of this dangerous respiratory disease. New strains of the virus are becoming more severe and faster acting.

'FRV' is for Feline Rhinotracheitis

The feline herpesvirus, commonly referred to as feline rhinotracheitis, is another respiratory disease that all kitties are susceptible to when not vaccinated. This virus is highly contagious between cats. Most symptoms are associated with upper-respiratory infections and include sneezing and discharge from the eyes and nose -- these symptoms mimic the symptoms you get when you have the common cold. One thing that makes this virus particularly disturbing is that some cats can carry the virus without showing symptoms.

CLINIC HOURS
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Monday & Wednesday
9:00-7:00

Tuesday & Thursday
9:00-6:00
Friday
10:00-4:00

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
If there is an emergency with your pet during a time when our clinic is closed, please call the

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
360 Bluemound Rd Waukesha
1-866-542-3241
WWW.WVRC.COM

706 Market St
Watertown WI 53098
Phone-920-206-7779
Fax-920-206-2724

gentlehealerpetclinic@gmail.com

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