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Canine distemper

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a highly contagious, incurable, often fatal, multisystemic viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems of dogs. Distemper is caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV), and is history’s biggest killer of dogs.

Distemper is the greatest single disease threat to the world�s dog population. Better than 50 percent of the adult dogs that contract the disease die from it. Among puppies, the death rate from distemper often reaches 80 percent. Currently, there is no drug that cures distemper.

Canine distemper occurs worldwide, and once was the leading cause of death in unvaccinated puppies. But the good news is widespread vaccination programs have dramatically reduced its incidence.

Every dog owner should understand how distemper spreads, what its symptoms are, and what to do if they think their dog might have the disease.

Causes and Symptoms

Further Precautions
Types of Vaccines
The Bottom Line

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