Keeping Your animals Healthy and Happy Without Overspending
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Keeping Your animals Healthy and Happy Without Overspending

Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!

Keeping Your animals Healthy and Happy Without Overspending

Dog Vaccinations – What Is DHPPV?

Ellen Lampi

DHPPV is one of the most common vaccines for dogs. There are different variations in terms of name, some of which include DA2PPV or even DHPPV-C. In any case, the vaccine is widely known as the "Distemper Parvo" vaccine. While there may be some differences in their abbreviations, you can generally tell what exactly is inside the vaccine itself by looking at the letters in the abbreviation.

The First Letter in DHPPV signifies Distemper

Distemper is an airborne virus that violently attacks your dog's nervous system and causes them to have symptoms such as coughing, vomiting, and sometimes even seizures. Because of how dangerous this infection is, it's essential that all dogs are DHPPV vaccinated. While it is likely for secondary infections to be cured, the vast majority of Distemper cases are untreatable and incurable. Distemper is a serious neurological disease, so make sure to vaccinate your puppies with DHPPV as soon as possible.

The Letter H Stands for Hepatitis

Hepatitis is also commonly referred to as the type 2 canine adenovirus, which is abbreviated as A2. This is why you sometimes may see the DHPPV vaccine referred to as DA2PPV. Just like the human disease, hepatitis attacks the dog's liver and can easily be contracted by exposure to urine, blood, or faeces of dogs that have the disease. Since dogs use their noses to evaluate and sniff the surroundings, it makes them more prone to contacting this disease. Symptoms such as poor immune system response and diarrhoea are common signs of this disease.

The First P Is for Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is an upper respiratory infection that is common for dogs. It can be compared to the common cold or cough in humans. The most basic symptoms of this include eye or nasal discharge, laboured breathing, and coughing.

The Second P Stands for Parvo virus

Parvo virus is an extremely contagious and often deadly disease that can live in soils without a host for many years. The virus will be replicating itself in the dog's cells for close to a month, and only after that will they show symptoms and signs of infection. If you believe that your dog has been exposed to this virus, bring him to the local vet's office and have him tested and vaccinated with the proper dose of DHPPV vaccines.

The Last Letter in DHPPV Stands for Virus

That's all the V signifies. For example, CPV is a term that stands for the Canine Parvovirus and is a common abbreviation for vaccines that only cover Parvo. The full name of DHPPV, in this case, would be Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and the Parvo Virus.

DHPPV is one of the most important puppy vaccinations you can get for your dog to protect them in the future. For more information, contact a local vet.