The DA2PP vaccine covers distemper, adenovirus-2, parainfluenza and parvovirus virus in dogs. This core vaccine should begin when puppies are six and eight weeks of age and they should receive shots every three to four weeks until they are at least 16 weeks of age. The next booster is given during your dog’s annual checkup (12–16 months old), then boosters can be given every three years.
What is Distemper?
Canine distemper is a highly contagious illness that resembles measles for humans. Symptoms of distemper include:
- High fever
If distemper progresses, seizures and paralysis may occur.
What is Adenovirus-2 and Parainfluenza?
These two viruses are related to kennel cough. Symptoms include runny noses, loud coughs, mucus discharge, decreased appetite and wheezing.
What is Parvovirus?
Parvovirus has a high mortality rate and can survive in an infected area for up to a year. Symptoms of parvo begin with appetite loss, diarrhea and vomiting. Puppies are more susceptible to parvo and have a higher risk of mortality, although it can affect dogs of any age.
If you’ve got a new pup and need to get them vaccinated with DA2PP, or if you have any questions about this series, contact us at (713) 999-6095!