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When you get a new dog, especially if it is a puppy, your vet will tell you about all the vaccination shots your dog will need. If you’ve had a dog for a few years, you will be familiar with the yearly and other vaccination shots that your vet gives your dog. Are you confused with some of the names of vaccinations given to your dogs? Are you wondering what the parvovirus combination vaccine, a very common shot given to dogs, is?
What is the parvovirus combination vaccine for dogs?
The parvovirus combination vaccine is a single vaccination shot given to your dog that contains a mixture of various vaccines. The combination vaccine is known by many acronyms—DHPPV, DA2PPV, DHPP, DA2PP, among others.
This is what the letters in the acronyms stand for and the infection against which they protect your dog:
- D or canine distemper: This is a viral infection with a kill ate of almost 50 percent, which means almost 50 percent of the dogs that get infected with this virus do not survive. The infection causes problems with the brain and nervous system, digestive system, and respiratory system in dogs.
- H or hepatitis: The combination vaccine protects your dog against two kinds of hepatitis infections, adenovirus-1 and canine adenovirus-2. The H is, therefore, replaced by A2 in some of the acronyms for the two kinds of adenovirus. Adenovirus-1 causes a highly infectious strain of hepatitis in dogs and severely affects the functioning of the liver. Canine adenovirus-2 causes respiratory issues in dogs, and is commonly known as kennel cough. It is highly infectious.
- P or parvovirus: A parvovirus infection is deadly for dogs, with over 90 percent of infected dogs not surviving if not treated in time. There is no known cure for this infection, and vaccination is the only way to avoid the infection. Parvovirus attacks the immune system and digestive system in dogs that are not vaccinated against parvovirus.
- P or parainfluenza: This is a viral infection seen in dogs that are not vaccinated. It is a mild infection that affects breathing.
Some combination vaccines may also include or be combined with vaccines against other infections such as rabies, leptospirosis, and bordotella. You can check with your vet about the kind of vaccination shots being given to your dog.
Why you should vaccinate your dog with the parvovirus combination vaccine
The infections for which a combination vaccine is used are avoidable infections that have no cure. If your dog contracts any of these infections, there is only treatment and supportive care available. Therefore, these combination vaccine shots are crucial for your dog to remain healthy and avoid deadly infections at every age.