Dr. Doret du Plessis (right) with his assistant, Sifiso Zondo, (on the left) who tends to Pomerania. Photo for illustrative purposes.
Dog owners of Rand West have been encouraged to vaccinate their dogs against the Distemper virus immediately.
Warning comes after Tshwane's SPCA confirmed that they have been fighting a potentially serious canine distress outbreak at their Waltloo branch on Wednesday, January 23.
According to the official website of Tashwane SPCA [https://spcapta.org.za/] "Distemper is a serious airborne virus that is rapidly and there is no cure. Symptoms often take time to manifest and dogs may initially appear healthy, only to become ill later. The first signs of Distemper includes sneezing, cough and thick mucous from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite are also common symptoms of the virus. "
More information about the virus here [https://spcapta.org.za/canine-distemper/]
Dr. Elizna Boag, manager of the business unit, Animal and Ethical Companion at Afrivet, issued a statement earlier this week, saying: "Dog owners should know that because distemper is a viral disease and the animal immune system must fight without help, veterinarians can only provide supportive treatment once the dog has been diagnosed as if they had contracted a dysplasia. It is estimated that 50% of adult dogs and 80% of puppies will succumb to the disease. Vaccination is the only way to avoid the disease. "
Lorika Boshoff, president of Rand West SPCA, added: "This is a very dangerous virus among dogs, so we urge people to take their dogs for vaccination as a precautionary measure. People should take Your dogs in their local veterinary clinics, since we do not do vaccines. "
Herald then spoke with Dr. Doret du Plessis of the Veterinary Clinic of the Culemborg Park on the virus:
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