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Infectious canine hepatitis

Canine infectious hepatitis (or Rubarth’s disease, as it is also known) is caused by canine adenovirus type 1 and mainly affects dogs less than a year old and not vaccinated. Adenoviruses are very resistant to disinfection and elimination from the environment.


Canine infectious hepatitis can manifest in three ways: super-acute, acute and chronic. In the super-acute condition, the diagnosis of the disease often occurs after the animal’s death, as the clinical signs develop in a short period. Many tutors confuse the disease with poisoning. In the acute setting, clinical signs such as apathy, lymphadenomegaly, anorexia, fever, vomiting, diarrhea with or without blood, jaundice, ocular changes and neurological signs can be observed. In the chronic condition of the disease, many of the clinical signs are not noticed and only a few eye changes are noticeable.


Transmission occurs through direct contact of an animal not yet infected with the secretions and excretions of animals that is contaminated. The objects that contaminated animals have access to and the environment are also frequently a source of contamination for other animals.


The treatment of the disease is symptomatic, that is, it treats the symptoms that the animal presents, in addition to providing the necessary support during the course of the disease. These actions must be taken by the Veterinarian, with the animal properly isolated from healthy animals.

To prevent it, just vaccinate your puppy with Elevencell Vac 11 correctly following the application of the initial doses for puppies, maintaining the annual booster. Canine infectious hepatitis is just one of the diseases that the vaccine will protect against. Give the care and protection your puppy needs.