DA2PP is an acronym for the standard vaccine, also called “the distemper vaccine”, given to dogs and puppies throughout their lives as part of a preventative health program and considered, along with the Rabies vaccine, as a Core (very important) vaccine.

D distemper
P Parainfluenza
P Parvovirus

Distemper Virus
A very contagious and often fatal disease of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Transmission is by direct contact with bodily secretions and by movement of airborne secretions. Puppies at highest risk but dogs of all ages especially with inadequate vaccination are susceptible.

Canine Adenovirus type 2
Associated with Canine infectious hepatitis and one cause of infectious tracheobronchitis. Spread through respiratory secretions, urine and feces. Young dogs most susceptible.

Parainfluenza
A common and highly contagious cause of infectious tracheobronchitis. Airborne transmission. Dogs of all ages are susceptible, unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated dogs at highest risk.

Parvovirus
A highly contagious, very aggressive and sometimes rapidly fatal gastrointestinal virus. Transmission is by direct contact with infected animals, feces and objects containing virus particles. Virus can survive in the environment for a very long time and can spread easily from contaminated surfaces. All unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated dogs are susceptible, very young, sick or weak dogs at highest risk of death.