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Is canine distemper vaccine necessary?

Is canine distemper vaccine necessary?

Vaccination against distemper and parvovirus is important because these diseases can be deadly. “Because transmission does not require direct contact with another dog, indoor-only dogs can be exposed and become ill if they are not appropriately vaccinated.”

Is distemper a one time vaccine?

The distemper/parvo vaccination is typically given at 6-8 weeks of age and boosted 2 times at three week intervals, and again a year later. Like rabies, after the first year, distemper/parvo can be given as a 3 year vaccine, ONLY if the pet has stayed on a veterinarian recommended vaccine schedule.

Can a dog vaccinated for distemper still get it?

Question: Can my dog contract distemper if he’s had a vaccine? Answer: Unfortunately, the short answer to this question is “yes”. Vaccines are unable to 100% completely protect against a disease, however providing your dog with the recommended vaccination protocol will greatly reduce his chances of becoming sick.

Is distemper a modified live vaccine?

Canine Distemper Vaccine: Currently, distemper vaccines are modified-live vaccines, which are very effective. It was previously thought that combining distemper and Parvo in the same vaccine would lead to a decrease or a delay in seroconversion to the distemper component.

What happens if a dog doesn’t get a distemper shot?

Although immunity to virulent canine distemper is prolonged or lifelong, it is not as absolute after vaccination. Dogs that do not receive periodic immunizations may lose their protection and become infected after stress, immunosuppression, or contact with diseased animals.

How much is a distemper vaccine for dogs?

The average cost can average around $75—100. These will include the core vaccines, which are administered in a series of three: at 6-, 12-, and 16 weeks old. The core vaccines include the DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza).

How do dogs act when they have distemper?

The main clinical signs are diarrhea, vomiting, thick yellow discharge from the eyes and nose, cough and, in severe cases, seizures and neurological signs. Dogs that recover from the disease are often left with persistent nervous muscular twitches and recurrent (repeated) seizures.

What are the disadvantages of modified live vaccines?


  • Possible reversion to virulent forms.
  • Disease problems in immune stressed animals.
  • Possible excessive immune response.
  • Risk of abortion/infertility if directions not followed.
  • Not as susceptible to maternal antibody block.
  • Proper handling and mixing is very important.

What is a modified live virus?

Modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are effective because they provide the same immunity (cellular, humoral, systemic, and local) produced by natural exposure (2). Properly immunized animals have sterilizing immunity that not only prevents clinical disease but the presence of antibody also prevents infection.

What happens to a dog with distemper?

As the virus attacks the nervous system, infected dogs develop circling behavior, head tilt, muscle twitches, convulsions with jaw chewing movements and salivation (“chewing gum fits”), seizures, and partial or complete paralysis.