Today has not been good. In fact it has been pretty terrible. As well as the arrival of two new dogs (well, one is in foster not at the SPA), we had some shocking news from the vet.
This morning a dog (a young male beige coloured rough haired podenco) was brought into the vet’s surgery with advanced distemper. This is called la maladie de carrée in French and is one of the diseases against which every dog is usually vaccinated. If you look at your dog’s vaccination record you will see the initials DHLPP (or CHPPiL in France) The D (or C) is for distemper and is part of the standard vaccination package, so there is no need to worry, providing your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.
Distemper affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye. The virus is passed from dog to dog through direct contact with fresh urine, blood or saliva. Sneezing, coughing and sharing food and water bowls are all possible ways for the virus to be passed on. Canine distemper cannot be passed to cats.
Luckily for us, this dog never set foot on the refuge, so there is no risk to our dogs. And of course we vaccinate all our animals. However we quite often come across people who think that a couple of years’ vaccinations are enough to protect a dog for life. Also people planning to abandon dogs often object to our request that they give their dog at least the first vaccination. But look at the danger they are placing all our dogs in, even if they no longer care about their own animal!
As I say, there is no need to panic, but if your dog is not vaccinated, please ensure that you take him to the vet soon and get him protected.
What a horrible start to the week. Let’s hope things get better.
New arrival (in foster)- Winnie . Nine years young!
Vaccinate- Keep your dogs (any everyone else’s) safe!