Distemper is a a highly-contagious viral disease with no known cure and variations can be found in dogs, cats, and ferrets, as well as certain wildlife animals.
The disease is spread through both direct and indirect contact.
- weight loss
- nasal discharge
The vaccines available are a combination of species-specific common viruses.
For dogs, the vaccine offers protection from intestinal viruses including Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
For cats, the vaccine offers protection from upper respiratory viruses including Rhinotrachitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.
These vaccines are often abbreviated to DHPP and FVRCP.
Distemper vaccines are given as a series to puppies and kittens, annually to young adult pets, and every 3 years in older adults and seniors.