Lecture: Vaccines for Dogs

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Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Picture of puppies at four weeks

Puppies at four weeks, by davidsmalley

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Lecture Notes

The H represents infectious canine hepatitis, a viral disease that targets the liver, as well as the kidneys, eyes, and the vascular endothelium, the cells lining the inner surfaces of blood vessels.

There is a range of how the disease affects animals. The most severe form can very rapidly affect young puppies, but dogs of all ages can be affected.

Signs of illness can include a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal pain, a reddening of the mucous membranes and hemorrhaging from the nose, gums, GI tract, and under the skin.