Protecting Your Boston Terrier From Distemper
Posted by Lu
I have rescued all my Boston Terrier as adults, so I didn’t have to worry about giving them their puppy vaccinations like distemper. This article from pethealth tells you all about protecting your Boston Terrier from distemper.
Canine distemper is a viral disease, a contagious disease that can be passed from one dog to another, usually through the aerosolization of respiratory secretions that occurs when an infected dog coughs. In previous times, canine distemper was a commonly seen disease and was frequently fatal for infected dogs. Dogs that do recover may make a partial or full recovery from the disease.
Canine distemper virus can infect dogs of any age, but young puppies are most susceptible to the infection. Symptoms most commonly seen with the disease include:
lack of appetite
Another manifestation of canine distemper is the keratinization of the skin of the nose and foot pads. This leads to hardening of these tissues and has resulted in the disease sometimes being referred to as “hard pad disease”.
Effective vaccines against canine distemper exist and canine distemper is considered to be a “core” vaccine by the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines. This means that vaccination against canine distemper is considered important for all dogs.
Vaccination against canine distemper can be administered as early as 6-8 weeks in puppies and should be boostered every 3-4 weeks until the puppy has reached the age of 14-16 weeks of age. This vaccine is most often a combination vaccine that protects not only against canine distemper but also against canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus infections.
I have never seen a dog with distemper. If you have been protecting your Boston Terrier from distemper, tell me about it.