What is Distemper?
Canine distemper is a highly contagious, often fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of dogs.
Dogs become infected by airborne exposure (sneezing or coughing) from an infected dog or wild animal. All dogs are at risk but especially puppies under the age of four months.
Infected dogs develop nose and eye discharges, fever, coughing, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhoea. Neurological signs such as salivation, jaw champing and seizures can develop.
There is NO cure and treatment is only supportive. Many dogs die despite intensive care. Distemper is a heartbreaking disease and sadly, we see outbreaks of distemper every year in Hong Kong; many of them preventable.
Please vaccinate your pets and if you do buy a pet online or from a pet shop, please check it is from a reputable source and check your new family member has been vaccinated.
Call us at 2792 2206 to make an appointment for vaccination!