As dog owners, we all want our fur babies to be as healthy and happy as they can be. For that to happen, we need to talk about vaccines, specifically, the Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza vaccine aka DHPPv. These four viruses affect different areas in the body, read below to find out more!

-Distemper affects the respiratory, nervous, and gastrointestinal system and is highly contagious, spread by being in contact or just near a coughing affected dog. If a dog is not vaccinated, distemper can be lethal. 

-Hepatitis, aka Adenovirus Type 2, can cause kennel cough but the vaccine is intended to protect against canine infectious hepatitis virus and canine infectious respiratory disease syndrome. 

-Parvovirus is highly contagious and life threatening. It causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea that many be bloody, and lethargy. It can be passed through infected dogs, fecal, or even a contaminated surface.  

-Parainfluenza is the last virus this vaccine protects against. It affects the respiratory system and like Hepatitis, it can cause Kennel Cough. 

This vaccine can sometimes be switched for DAPPv, DA2PPv, DAPPC, but be sure to talk with your veterinarian first. It is also recommended to give this vaccine to a puppy starting around 6 weeks of age, then every 2-4 weeks until 3 doses, sometimes 4, are administered. Afterwards, the vaccine is typically given every year or every 3 years. Make sure to talk with your vet for any questions or concerns about any of these viruses and vaccines. 

This vaccine is recommended for all healthy dogs by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.