Distemper Virus outbreak in Ghandinagar – Hundreds of dogs could die

Locals are warned about the very contagious disease called distemper which may kill any dog that comes into contact with the virus. There is no known cure for the disease and the concern is that hundreds of dogs could die, should the virus spread within the area.

Only unvaccinated dogs will be infected. Scottburgh Veterinary clinic reported a confirmed case on Friday, April 6. A 5 month old puppy from Ghandinagar presented at the vet with frothing at the mouth, not having eaten for 5 days and twitching on the forehead.

There was nothing that could be done for the puppy as it had only had a rabies vaccination which does not give any protection against this disease.

The puppy was sadly euthanazed to prevent the spread of the disease to the rest of the community. Local residents are thus urged to vaccinate all dogs, both puppies and adults with the 5 in 1 vaccine, yearly vaccination is recommended.

Other signs of distemper virus include nasal discharge, diarrhoea, coughing, lethargy, fever, shivering, seizures, paralysis and drooling.

The virus is spread through the air or via contact. Distemper virus hit the north coast a few years ago and hundreds of unvaccinated dogs died. We would like to prevent this happening on the South Coast.

Submitted by Scottburgh Vet

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