What is distemper?

Canine distemper is a contagious disease, most often seen in puppies under six months, that attacks the respiratory system and has a high fatality rate. It’s an airborne virus that can also be transmitted through the urine and feces of an infected dog. Because it can be transmitted so easily, dogs are required to have yearly vaccination prior to being boarded or kept with other animals.

Symptoms of distemper include:

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Complete loss of appetite
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Seizures

If your dog is exhibiting the symptoms of distemper, or to ensure your dog is protected from the virus, visit a veterinarian for treatment or vaccination.

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