Canine Distemper Virus – (part of DAPP vaccine)

Most commonly seen in young, unvaccinated puppies, but can affect dogs of any age. This virus causes a variety of symptoms which can include respiratory signs, diarrhea, and neurologic disease. It is airborne and shed in secretions of infected dogs or wildlife for up to 60 days after recovery. There is no specific treatment, and depending on the severity of the neurologic signs the seizures, loss of coordination, and paralysis that can result from infection may not be reversible. This disease can be devastating to an unvaccinated pet. The best prevention is vaccination by a veterinarian beginning at 6 weeks and repeated every 3-4 weeks until 20 weeks of age, then every 1-3 years as an adult.