Features January 2013 Issue

An Old Infectious Disease Is New Again

The timing of puppy vaccines has been complicated by the threat of canine hepatitis. If CA V-2 and distemper vaccines are given to a pup at the same time, immunosuppression can occur, leaving the pup more vulnerable to disease for a short time.

An Old Infectious Disease Is New Again

Infectious canine hepatitis has resurfaced in the United States; owners may need to reconsider their dogs’ vaccination protocol.

It’s baaaaack. News that infectious canine hepatitis surfaced in New England this summer is not exactly on par with the possessed television sets and otherworldly bedroom-closet portals in the 1980s horror flick “Poltergeist.” But the fact that the disease – formally known as canine adenovirus-1, or CAV-1 – has materialized in the United States is likely to induce goosebumps in those who have opted to not vaccinate against it, thinking it was essentially obliterated in the American dog population.

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