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Infectious Canine Distemper

This is a very serious disease which is caused by a virus. Dogs can become infected at any age but puppies are most at risk. The infection is often fatal.

The early signs of distemper are: not wanting to eat, running a fever, vomiting and a blocked nose. The disease can be diagnosed by your veterinarian.

Vaccination Against Canine Distemper

All dogs should be vaccinated against canine distemper. To protect your dog from canine distemper, they should have:

  • several vaccinations in the first 3-4 months of life
  • booster vaccinations throughout life

Additional Information

Merck Veterinary Manual: Canine Distemper (Hardpad Disease)

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