Distemper bad temper……….

Distemper. A disease of dogs.

“Well” the vet said to me, growing hotter and hotter under the collar, “We have eliminated distemper in dogs by using vaccination. It used to be a major cause of canine mortality”.

I said that I had never researched the issue but felt it would fit into the patterns shown in human illness – constantly improved diet, housing and lifestyles reduced mortalities to near zero. There never was a need for vaccines and I was sure many canine illnesses of recent years can only be explained as collateral damage to vaccines. My dog, vaccinated just before we got her, practically died from it and has been a vaccine damaged dog ever since.

Even Wiki is rather cagey, as you can see in the following extracts:

“Canine distemper (sometimes termed hardpad disease in canine) is a viral disease that affects a wide variety of animal families, including domestic and wild species of dogs, coyotes, foxes, pandas, wolves, ferrets, skunks, raccoons, and large cats, as well as pinnipeds, some primates, and a variety of other species. It was long believed that animals in the family Felidae, including many species of large cat as well as domestic cats, were resistant to canine distemper, until some researchers reported the prevalence of CDV infection in large felids. It is now known that both large Felidae and domestic cats can be infected, usually through close housing with dogs or possibly blood transfusion from infected cats, but such infections appear to be self-limiting and largely without symptoms.

“In canines, distemper impacts several body systems, including the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts and the spinal cord and brain, with common symptoms that include high fever, eye inflammation and eye/nose discharge, labored breathing and coughing, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy, and hardening of nose and footpads. The viral infection can be accompanied by secondary bacterial infections and can present eventual serious neurological symptoms.

“Canine distemper is caused by a single-stranded RNA virus of the family paramyxovirus (the same family of the distinct virus that causes measles in humans). The disease is highly contagious via inhalation and fatal 50% of the time. [Where?] [Not verified in body.] Despite extensive vaccination in many regions, it remains a major disease of dogs, and is the leading cause of infectious disease death in dogs.[Not verified in body]”

NOTE: “Not verified in body” means this is simply a statement of belief and NOT fact. The Wikiretort “Where” is very telling after the statement “fatal 50% of the time”. Hey, maybe Wikieditors are being better vetted (as it were!!)

Anyway, has anyone out there got any extra information on this subject because I’m seeing this vet again in two nights time and I really want to give her chapter and verse on the issue!

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