Distemper - affects dogs of all ages but is particularly common in puppes. It usually results in death and is characterised by respiratory signs such as runny eyes and nose, and nervous signs such as fits may follow.
Parvovirus - characterised by a profuse foul-smelling, blood-stained diarrhoea which usually leads to dehydration, collapse and death. Again, it is most common in puppes but fcan affect old, unvaccinated dogs.
Canine Viral Hepatitis - a very contagious disease whose symptoms are a high fever, vomiting and stomach pains. Again, it can prove fatal.
Leptospirosis - dogs infected by Leptospira bacteria can suffer liver and kidney damage and require prolonged nursing and treatment if they are to fully recover.
Parainfluenza - one of the causes of infectious bronchitis ('kennel cough'), it is highly infectious.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica - one of the key causes of infectious bronchitis ('kennel cough'), which is highly infectious. It can appear as a harsh hacking cough which is distressing to both owner and dog.
Feline Panleucopaenia - commonly known as 'enteritis', this disease is most common and most severe in young kittens. Infected animals may die within 24 hours of the appearance of symptoms.
Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus - these two diseases are the most common cause of 'cat flu' in the UK. 'Cat flu' is highly infectious and unless prompt treatment is given it can prove fatal. Even if treated in time, some cats are permanently affected with chronic snuffles.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) - FeLV is the number one infectious killer of cats in the western world. This is because it reduces the cat's resistance to other infectious diseases. Young cats are most commonly affected, but it is possible to reveal infecton of FeLV through a simple blood test carried out by your vet.
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