There are several different types of vaccines to help prevent distemper. Their choice and their program of use should rest with the veterinarian and will, of course, be based upon his experience in controlling this disease in the community. A few general comments on the subject of distemper vaccination may, however, be in order.
The immunity response to the vaccination affords a high level of protection for about a year at which time the protection will begin to disappear. Thus a distemper booster should be given every year for maximum protection.
In summary, there are three major points to stress:
1. Puppy shots at the time of purchase may be used to provide immediate but temporary protection.
2. Begin a vaccination program at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
3. See your veterinarian immediately and follow his recommendations closely.
Distemper In Dogs: Symptoms And Treatments
In its initial phase, the symptoms of dog distemper may be difficult to differentiate from other disease conditions. One should be alerted to the probable presence of this viris infection if the dog shows an elevation of temperature, a lack of appetite and evidence of depression. When such symptoms develop get the dog to a veterinarian and don't wait until there is evidence of a discharge from the eyes and nose, a severe diarrhea, pneumonia, or convulsive attacks.
The quicker the treatment for distemper is initiated under the direction of a veterinarian the greater the chance of recovery. Dogs who recover from distemper are usually considered to be permanently immune, but to be safe the dog should have a yearly booster.
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