The Canine Distemper Vaccine

You’ve probably heard of canine distemper—it’s one of the more dangerous and contagious viral diseases out there. To correspond with Immunization Awareness Month, your River Oaks veterinarian tells you more below.

What is Canine Distemper, Exactly?

The canine distemper virus attacks your dog’s gastrointestinal and respiratory systems, and can also affect the eyes and central nervous system. The virus results in sneezing, coughing, runny nose at first, then progresses to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, fever, and loss of appetite. If your dog hasn’t had the distemper vaccine and you witness these symptoms, let your veterinary professional know immediately.

How Do Dogs Contract the Virus?

Distemper is very contagious, and most dogs contract it through contact with other infected canines. Seemingly harmless activities like sharing a food dish, romping around in the yard, or saying hello at a dog park are all possibilities for transmission. Direct contact with an infected dog’s bodily fluids—blood, urine, or saliva—is another sure-fire way of contraction.

Is the Distemper Vaccine a Core Vaccine?

Yes, the distemper vaccine is almost always administered to dogs as part of their core vaccination batch. These are usually given at a very young age and also include the parvovirus, rabies, and canine hepatitis vaccinations.

Is the Vaccine Expensive?

Vaccination prices vary widely based on the vet you see, location, the vaccine itself, and other factors, so it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact price. However, the distemper vaccine is usually very inexpensive. Prices can range from as low as $20.00 to about $90.00 or more. Your best course of action is to check with your veterinarian to determine exact pricing. Your vet most likely has package deals, in which your dog receives several vaccinations at once for a lowered cost.

What If My Dog Needs the Vaccine?

Set up an appointment at your River Oaks veterinary hospital today. They can get your dog the vaccine quickly and easily, and answer any further questions or concerns you may have about the vaccination of your pooch.