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Canine Vaccine Fact:  Are DHPP and DA2PP vaccines the same thing?

Posted by Cari Wise on May 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM
Cari Wise
Dr. Cari Wise is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Masters degree in Education from Argosy University in 2015. Throughout her career, Dr. Wise has utilized her veterinary education in variety of settings including private and corporate small animal practice, shelter medicine, spay/neuter clinics, veterinary relief services, start-up practice ownership, and veterinary technician education. Dr. Wise is the Manager and Program Coordinator for VetPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NAVLE.

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Technically this canine vaccine is different, but they are kind of the same...  

Both are vaccine acronyms for the viruses they protect against:  

D: Distemper
H -or- A2:   Hepatitis /Adenovirus Type 2
P: Parvo
P: Parainfluenza

In a DHPP vaccine, hepatitis protection is gained by Adenovirus type 1 (the canine hepatitis virus) in the vaccination, and is listed as "H".

In a DA2PP vaccination, hepatitis protection is gained by Adenovirus type 2, which cross protects against the hepatitis causing Adenovirus type 1, and is listed as "A2".

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