Why does K-9 Kamp require vaccinations?

It is strictly for the health and safety of your dog; as well as other dogs they may encounter during a visit to our shop. K-9 Kamp requires that all dogs be vaccinated and that owners provide proof of vaccination for each dog prior to entering the shop. Required vaccinations include: Rabies, Distemper/Parvo (DA2PPC or DHPPC), and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). If you have a concern regarding vaccinations; or, if vaccinations are no longer medically necessary, please tell us and we will work with you.

Why Rabies Vaccination?

Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. Rabies is almost invariably fatal if post-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. Once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is effectively untreatable and usually fatal within days. Worldwide, roughly 97% of rabies cases come from dog bites. In the United States, however, animal control and vaccination programs have effectively eliminated domestic dogs as reservoirs of rabies.

Why Distemper/Parvo Vaccination?

Canine Distemper is a viral disease. Despite extensive vaccination in many regions, it remains a major disease of dogs. Although very similar to the measles virus, canine distemper virus (CDV) seems to have appeared more recently, with the first case described in 1905 it now affects all populations of domestic dog and some populations of wildlife. A vaccine was developed in 1950, yet due to limited use, the virus remains prevalent in many populations. Puppies from three to six months old are particularly susceptible. CDV spreads through aerosol droplets and through contact with infected bodily fluids including nasal and ocular secretions, feces, and urine 6–22 days after exposure. It can also be spread by food and water contaminated with these fluids.

Parvo - Canine Parvovirus Type 2 (CPV2) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs. The disease is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. It can be especially severe in puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. It has two distinct presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. The common signs of the intestinal form are severe vomiting and dysentery. The cardiac form causes respiratory or cardiovascular failure in young puppies. Certain breeds, such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Pit bull terriers as well as other black and tan colored dogs may be more susceptible to CPV2. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases.

Why Bordetella Vaccination?

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious canine illness. Both viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread through the air by infected dogs sneezing and coughing. It can also spread through direct contact; close quarters of a kennel and contact with contaminated surfaces such as the ground, toys, and sidewalks. Viral infection causes include: canine distemper, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, or canine respiratory coronavirus, or bacterial infections such as Bordetella bronchiseptica. Prevention is by vaccinating for canine adenovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, and Bordetella.