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Distemper Outbreak – What You Need To Know

Distemper Outbreak – What You Need To Know

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by February 12, 2019 General, News

Local vets are recommending that pet owners have their dogs vaccinated against distemper. This follows reports from the Tshwane SPCA that there has been a canine distemper outbreak at their Waterloo branch.

Distemper is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease that affects the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs.

Distemper is spread through the air, and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal.

50% of adult dogs and 80 per cent of puppies can die from the disease. Please vaccinate your dogs!


Symptoms to watch out for:

  • Fever.
  • Clear nasal discharge.
  • Purulent eye discharge.
  • Lethargy.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Twitching muscles


Riverclub Vet

Tel: (011) 884 4133


Address: 51 13th Street, Parkmore, Johannesburg



08:00 – 11:00; 14:30 – 18:30

08:00 – 12:00; 17:00

Sundays  & Public Holidays
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