Do you know how serious canine distemper can be?
Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease that can be passed through the air or transmitted through shared food or water bowls. Dogs infected with distemper develop watery, pus-like discharge from their eyes which is followed by fever, nasal discharge, coughing, lethargy and vomiting. Later on circling behaviour develops, along with head tilt, muscle twitches and convulsions, seizures and partial or complete paralysis.
The majority of dogs who suffer from distemper do not survive and those that do are left with permanent, irreparable, nervous system damage. A terrible disease, but one of the diseases every dog we sterilise is also vaccinated against. What’s more – every member of the Have-a-Heart family is provided with follow up vaccinations to ensure they have ongoing protection from distemper.
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