Distemper

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease. It is found worldwide in places inhabited by dogs and other members of the canine family. The virus is spread in the air and via direct contact through respiratory secretions of an infected dog or wild animal. Distemper primarily affects puppies and younger dogs, but can infect and be potentially fatal in dogs of any age. The disease attacks primarily the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems (brain and spinal cord) but can affect every organ system of the body. It may cause vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, and severe brain damage. Canine distemper is so widespread that nearly every dog is exposed during its lifetime. This disease is not transmissible to humans or cats. Canine distemper’s high fatality rate makes vaccination essential.

Prevention

The protocol is not cast in stone and many variants are available.

5-in-1 vaccine

 

5-IN-1 IS ALSO KNOWN AS DA2PP OR DHPP VACCINE – PROTECTION AGAINST:
  • Distemper virus (causes Canine Distemper)
  • Adenovirus 1 (causes Infectious Canine Hepatits)
  • Adenovirus 2 (one cause of Infectious Traceobronchitis, AKA “kennel cough”)
  • Parainfluenza (another cause of Infectious Traceobronchitis, AKA “kennel cough”)
  • Parvovirus (causes Canine Parvo)

Recommended Protocol

5-IN-1 vaccine

Puppies: Administer at 6 – 8 weeks of age, then every 3 – 4 weeks until 14 – 16 weeks of age

Adult: After the first annual booster, core vaccinations only need to be boosted every 3 years . However legislation in South Africa may require more frequent booster injections, like if you intend to travel with your pet.

 

 

From: VIP Petcare

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