Many people have heard of canine distemper, since it is one of the diseases that dogs are regularly vaccinated against. Distemper is a "core vaccine" - one deemed necessary protection for all dogs, all lifestyles, due to the seriousness of the disease. Canine distemper is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease that is seen in dogs worldwide.
Though its incidence has diminished greatly due to vaccination, distemper cases and outbreaks are still seen sporadically. Learn the signs, diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for this canine disease in this article by Contributing Writer Lianne McLeod DVM.
Image: Multiple viral inclusions (arrows) in bronchiolar epithelium of an African wild dog with canine distemper virus. Credit: CDC