What Is Canine Distemper?

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Jennifer Sellers

Distemper is a dangerous and highly contagious virus that attacks dogs.

What Is Canine Distemper?

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It’s so serious, it is one of only four diseases veterinarians recommend all dogs get vaccinated against (the other three are rabies, parvovirus and adenovirus, the virus that causes hepatitis).

Distemper affects numerous systems in a dog’s body, including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. It’s incurable and was once the leading cause of death in puppies.

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