According to Vetinfo, the DHLPP vaccine is a vaccine that protects a dog from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. The first vaccine can be administered to puppies as young as 6 weeks old and several boosters will be given for the several months after the initial injection, as well as a yearly booster.
The DHLPP vaccine is not 100 percent effective, but it can protect most pets against unnecessary pain and suffering. It can also save a pet owner money as treatment for the diseases covered by the vaccine can be costly. Once an animal has received the initial boosters, some vets recommend only administering additional boosters every three years.
Distemper is an infection that is caused by viruses. These viruses attack many of the dog’s internal systems, including the intestinal tract, respiratory tract and the central nervous system. This disease is extremely contagious, so it can be very dangerous if an owner has more than one pet.
Canine hepatitis is transmitted through body fluids. It affects the eyes and can be fatal if it is contracted.
Leptospirosis causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration and it can be fatal when it is not treated.
Canine parvovirus typically affects puppies, and it is extremely deadly as it attacks the gastrointestinal tract.
Parainfluenza is the final disease that the DHLPP vaccine guards against, and while it is not a usually fatal it can cause extreme pain.