The Animal Welfare Society of SA is dealing with a number of puppies and dogs testing positive for Canine Distemper, a vaccine-preventable virus that is currently on the rise and it is incumbent on all dog owners to help the shelter flatten the curve by vaccinating their pets.
“One would be forgiven for asking why the sudden increase and we strongly suspect this is due to pet owners allegedly making use of veterinary quacks who purportedly offer suspect vaccines for a discounted price”, says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
Canine Distemper (or Hondesiekte) is spread through direct contact or airborne exposure rather like the common cold in humans. When an infected dog coughs, sneezes or barks, they release contaminated droplets into the environment infecting nearby animals and surfaces like food and water bowls.
Typical symptoms include:
- High fever
- Eye inflammation
- Eye or nose discharge
- Laboured breathing and coughing
- Hardening of nose or footpads
- Vaccinate your puppy or adult dog
- Vaccinations for puppies must be done between 6 to 8 weeks of age
- The full series of vaccinations must be administered and boosted annually
The good news is that there is no need to make an appointment to have your pet vaccinated. Simply arrive and you will be assisted. To find out more please call (021) 692 2626 and ask for either Shannon or Savannah.