Whenever you expose your dog to a location where other dogs visit or are housed, it is extremely important that you choose a reputable facility.  Do not take your dog to a facility that does not require proof of vaccinations. A single exposure can be the difference between life & death of your dog.  Metro Pet Spa is committed to the health and safety of your pet and strictly requires that all dogs whom visit are properly vaccinated against these preventable diseases.
Distemper is a highly contagious & deadly airborne viral disease that is easily prevented by proper vaccination.  
Symptoms - Infection of multiple organs (brain, skin, eyes, intestines, & respiratory tract), & fever.
Transmission - Bodily fluids (urine, feces, vomit, & respiratory discharge)
Treatment - Vitamin A & Ribavirin with a poor prognosis in most cases.

Hepatitis (Adenovirus Type 1)
A disease of the liver that is highly preventable through proper vaccination.
Symptoms - The cornea typically appears bluish or cloudy known as “hepatitis blue-eye”.   Defect of the liver (jaundice), loss of appetite, lethargy, runny eyes/nose, cough, vomiting, skin busing, seizures, & fluid accumulation in the abdomen.
Transmission - Bodily fluids (urine, feces, vomit, & respiratory discharge)
Treatment - Management of the symptoms.

Very common and often deadly disease of the gastrointestinal tract that commonly affects unvaccinated puppies.
Symptoms - Respiratory or cardiovascular failure.  Loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, & severe bloody diarrhea)
Transmission - Direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces.
Treatment - Extensive hospitalization with a very guarded prognosis in most cases.

A highly contagious respiratory viral disease with similar symptoms to “kennel cough”. 
Symptoms - Unproductive and persistent cough that usually lasts 10-21 days, runny nasal discharge, trouble breathing (labored), lethargy, listlessness, low-grade fever.  Can develop into pneumonia if not promptly & properly treated.
Transmission - Direct contact with nasal discharge of infected dogs.
Treatment - Supportive care with antibiotics for prevention of secondary bacterial infections.

Bordetella (Bronchiseptica/Kennel Cough)
Highly contagious upper respiratory disease.
Symptoms - Dry, hacking cough that often has a “honky” sound that can last for a few minutes and in extreme cases can be followed by the dog vomiting. Watery nasal discharge, & conjunctivitis. Lethargy, breathing difficulties, & anorexia in severe cases.
Transmission - Direct contact with an infected dog.  Most commonly contracted in facilities where a large number of dogs visit or are maintained. 
Treatment - Mild & supportive only.  Symptoms persist for about 10 days, but infected dogs remain contagious for 6-14 weeks more.

State & Local Law requires that all dogs over the age of four months are vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian with a canine anti-rabies vaccine. (CHSC 121.690 (b))
Rabies is a severe & fatal disease affecting the central nervous system and the grey matter of the brain. 
Symptoms - Virus can take up to a month to develop.  CNS abnormalities, behavioral changes (aggression or attack behavior), weakness, loss of coordination, & paralysis.
Transmission - Bite from an infected animal (virus retained in an infected animal’s salivary glands).
Treatment - Extremely poor prognosis.  Infected dogs are immediately euthanized to eliminate spread of disease to other animals or people.  




A disease with numerous strains that can affect many different animal species, including humans. Many dogs can have a severe allergic reaction to this vaccine & the vaccine only protects against two of the strain varieties.
Symptoms - High fever, vomit,  diarrhea, depression, joint pain (stiffness), & liver/kidney failure or hepatitis in severe cases.
Transmission - Bacteria enters mucus membranes or open wounds, sniffing infected urine, eating or drinking infected materials, or direct contact with infected water.
Treatment - Supportive care with antibiotics.

Contagious intestinal infection in dogs of all ages.  Rarely fatal & relatively easy to treat.
Symptoms - Most common form produces no noteable symptoms. Other forms produce depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, & acute diarrhea (foul-smelling yellow/orange color) resulting in dehydration.
Transmission - Contact with infected oral & fecal secretions.
Treatment - Mild supportive care.

Intestinal parasitic infection.
Symptoms - Frothy & greasy diarrhea with excessive foul odor & mucus that is more apparent in younger dogs. Reduction of nutritional absorption resulting in weight loss.
Transmission - Parasite is shed in the feces of infected animal often contracted in contaminated drinking water.
Treatment - Dewormers & supportive care.

Lyme Disease
Most common tick-borne illness in the USA that can present itself in many different ways & is often confused with other dog diseases (”the great pretender”). 
Symptoms - Most exposed dogs do not display an immediate symptoms.  Some infections result in sudden lameness, depression, low-grade fever, weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, & kidney problems in severe cases.
Transmission - Tick bites from infected ticks (tick season --> May-Aug).
Treatment - Lengthy treatment with antibiotics & supportive care. 

Contact your veterinarian for additional information on the vaccinations recommended for your dog’s heath & protection against these preventable diseases & conditions.