Our expert says:
Distemper virus is a highly fatal virus that affects the respiratory system (coughing, sneezing and nasal and eye discharge), the intestine (vomiting and diarrhoea) and the brain (muscle contractions, imbalance and seizures). Once a dog has distemper, they seldom recover. The virus is highly contagious from one sick dog to other healthy dogs. The good news is that it is easily preventable with the routine vaccination is that should be given at six, 12 and 18 weeks and annually thereafter. This virus is one of the main reasons why dogs should be vaccinated regularly. The virus does not affect humans.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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