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Canine distemper often causes death or permanent disability in young, unvaccinated puppies. It was known to be the number one killer disease amongst puppies, but it is less common now thanks to a vaccine. It is spread through direct contact of an infected dog by coughing, sneezing or sharing bowls.
Signs of canine distemper:
Extreme cases of infection show the dog worsening, becoming weak, beginning to shake or tremble, experience seizures, confusion and convulsions, and eventually may lead to death.
Treatment includes, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Unfortunately there is no medication available to kill the virus and treatment is usually unsuccessful.
Please make note that you must wait at least one month to bring an unvaccinated dog into your home where an infected dog was present. Disinfect bedding by washing it in bleach.
|Our priority now is on housing the remaining 16 dogs from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, many of whom have owners, but who are unable to take them back. The area (land) where the Earthquake dogs are now housed, has been rented for many years but now due to changing circumstances of the owners, is due to be returned to them. That means there is some urgency in building new kennels for them in Sasayama. Your continuing support is appreciated.|