Canine Distemper

Distemper is a very serious illness that is very difficult to treat and sadly, often fatal.

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Distemper is a very serious illness that is very difficult to treat and sadly, often fatal.

The virus is spread through direct contact or in the air in the saliva of an infected dog when it coughs or sneezes or contaminated items, it can also be transmitted through urine. It attacks the intestines, respiratory system, immune system, and nervous system.

Symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Thickened paw pads and nose
  • Twitching
  • Fitting
  • Paralysis
The symptoms progress as the virus takes hold.

There is no cure for Distemper, so prevention is very important. Early veterinary care is vital to help your dog fight the virus and recover. Sadly, even with early intervention the virus can still result in ongoing health problems or death.

Booster vaccinations

Yearly booster vaccinations are important for maintaining your dog’s antibody protection against these nasty diseases. A booster includes a full health check with the vet where you will be able to discuss any concerns you may have about your dog’s health or behaviour.