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Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a viral disease that can affect any dog, especially puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

Early signs of the disease may include a high temperature, lethargy and inappetence. Accompanying the fever may be a discharge from the nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and coughing, with the possibility of pneumonia developing. Many dogs will also develop muscle spasms, convulsions and progressive paralysis. Permanent nervous system damage and death may result.

Fortunately canine distemper is not as common now as it was in the past, due to highly effective vaccines being available. However outbreaks of distemper do occur in areas where vaccination rates are low. Thus, we cannot become complacent about this serious viral disease.

It is important that all puppies commence a vaccination program from 6-8 weeks of age and that all adult dogs have their boosters.

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