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#469494 - 08/03/13 03:21 PM Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo
SP Daily Offline
Saga Humane Society would like help in alerting the community of a Canine
Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo. 22 cases of distemper have
already been seen at the Saga HS clinic. To prevent the spread of this
highly contagious disease Saga HS will be doing a Mobile Clinic Tuesday
August 6 to the affected neighborhood and will be vaccinating the area
dogs. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for
those who can afford to pay. Saga HS seeks to raise $1000 to buy the
vaccinations. This will buy enough vaccinations for 100 animals.
Saga HS will keep the public updated on this situation. Please help us
spread the word about the outbreak and Mobile Clinic.

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#469520 - 08/04/13 03:20 AM Re: Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo [Re: SP Daily]
Cooper Offline
As well with rainy season disease is passed in ground water, Parvo is a killer of puppies. If you live on Caye Caulker and your puppies are not eating well, have nose or eye discharge or any other unusual things going on, we at The Caye Caulker Humane Society will vaccine for free as well. If your puppies seem fine they absolutely still need to be vaccinated. As do older dogs. If your puppies are so cute with those big fat round bellies, they probably have worms, which can be deadly. Our Clinic is open on Sat. 9 to 11 am, or call 226 0330,
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#469523 - 08/04/13 10:34 AM Re: Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo [Re: SP Daily]
Marty Offline

Saga Humane Society would like to alert the community of a Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo. 22 cases of distemper have already been seen at the Saga HS clinic. To prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease Saga HS will be doing a Mobile Clinic Tuesday August 6 to the affected neighborhood and will be vaccinating the area dogs. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who can afford to pay. Saga HS seeks to raise $1000 to buy the vaccinations. This will buy enough vaccinations for 100 animals.

To keep your dog safe make sure it is current on all vaccinations. Contain your dog within your yard and do not allow it to interact with unknown dogs. Puppies from three to six months old are particularly susceptible. CDV spreads through aerosol droplets and through contact with infected bodily fluids, including nasal and ocular secretions, feces, and urine, six to 22 days after exposure. It can also be spread by food and water contaminated with these fluids. The time between infection and disease is 14 to 18 days, although a fever can appear from three to six days after infection The virus is destroyed in the environment by routine cleaning with disinfectants, detergents, or drying. It does not survive in the environment for more than a few hours at room temperature (20–25°C), but can survive for a few weeks in shady environments.

Saga HS will keep the public updated on this situation. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to CDV, seek veterinary medical care for your dog immediately.

Distemper in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments From Pet WebMD

Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs, All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.

Infected animals shed canine distemper virus in all body secretions. Inhaling the virus is the primary source of exposure. The highest incidence of the disease occurs in unvaccinated puppies 6 to 12 weeks of age.

Half the dogs who become infected with canine distemper virus show mild signs of illness or no signs at all. The overall health of the dog has a lot to do with how ill he becomes. The disease is most severe in dogs who are poorly nourished and ill-kept.

The distemper virus tends to attack brain cells and cells that line the surfaces of the body, including the skin, the conjunctiva, the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract. The disease takes a variety of forms. Secondary infections and complications are common, partly attributable to the immunosuppressive effects of the virus.

The first signs of distemper appear six to nine days after exposure, and in mild cases go unnoticed.

First stage is characterized by a fever spike of up to 103° to 105°F (39.4° to 40.5°C). A second fever spike is accompanied by loss of appetite, listlessness, and a watery discharge from the eyes and nose. These symptoms may be mistaken for a cold.

Within a few days, the eye and nasal discharge becomes thick, yellow, and sticky. The dog develops a pronounced dry cough. Pus blisters may appear on the abdomen. Vomiting and diarrhea are frequent and may cause severe dehydration.

During the next one to two weeks, very often the dog seems to be getting better but then relapses. This often coincides with the end of the course of antibiotics and the development of gastrointestinal and respiratory complications due to secondary bacterial invasion.

Second stage occurs two to three weeks after the onset of the disease. Many dogs develop signs of brain involvement (encephalitis), characterized by brief attacks of slobbering, head shaking, and chewing movements of the jaws (as if the dog were chewing gum). Epileptic-like seizures may occur, in which the dog runs in circles, falls over, and kicks all four feet wildly. After the convulsive episode the dog appears to be confused, shies away from his owner, wanders about aimlessly, and appears to be blind.

Treatment: Distemper must be treated by a veterinarian. Antibiotics are used to prevent secondary bacterial infections, even though they have no effect on the distemper virus. Supportive treatment includes intravenous fluids to correct dehydration, medications to prevent vomiting and diarrhea, and anticonvulsants and sedatives to control seizures.

The outcome depends on how quickly you seek professional help, the virulence of the distemper strain, the age of the dog, whether he has been vaccinated, and his ability to mount a rapid and effective immune response to the virus.

In some cases Euthanasia is the best when the dogs are suffering. Prevention: Vaccination against canine distemper is almost 100 percent protective. All puppies should be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age. Brood bitches should be given a DHLPPv (distemper, hepatitis,Lepstoporosis, Parvovirus and parainfluenza combination) booster shot two to four weeks before breeding.


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#469813 - 08/08/13 11:11 AM Re: Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo [Re: SP Daily]
Marty Offline

Saga Humane Society is reporting that there is an outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) on the island and that they are moving swiftly to counter attack the virus from spreading. According to Saga, it became obvious when they began registering an increase of cases of CDV amongst the dog population. Most of the cases were from pets found in the San Mateo community but they have also been a few cases in the Boca del Rio and San Pedrito areas. As a result of the outbreak Saga is alerting the community and hoping that pet owners can bring in their unvaccinated dogs in for their vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus.

The virus can be passed from one dog to another through fluids, by touching each other or by coming in contact with virus living on the ground,particularly in shady areas. According to Saga, distemper affects the dog’s brain and nervous system and can be fatal. It is also totally preventable. “Distemper virus is highly contagious in dog populations but is 100% preventable by having your pets vaccinated. The dogs that Saga is treating are pets that have never been vaccinated. For that reason we are encouraging pet owners that have dogs missing vaccinations to bring them in, since those are pets that are more vulnerable. The virus can be transmitted from dog to dog but not to humans. Once a dog is affected, we can provide them with antibiotics. However, in more chronic cases there is not much we can do and we will have to put down the dogs,” said Heather Beck, one of the Directors of the Saga Board of Directors. “Signs of infection include cold like symptoms, fever like symptoms, droopy eyes, and runny nose and in more extreme cases the pet gets violent seizure attacks. We begin to see symptoms seven to 10 days after the dog has had the virus.” added Beck. In most extreme cases, the dog wobbles from side to side when walking and eventually have continuous violent seizures until they eventually die.

Saga explained that they became aware when they began observing an increase of CDV- 22 cases in two weeks. After careful observations, Saga noticed that most of the cases were confined to one particular neighborhood, thus prompting the local humane society to immediately step in and address the outbreak. “San Mateo was the most prevalent when it came to detection. When we see an outbreak like this it means that we have to go into the field and address the issue and try as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus. As an immediate measure, we activated a mobile clinic and brought out 75 vaccines into the San Mateo Area. Those that have been affected, we are offering antibiotics if detected in its early stage. Some of the dogs we are seeing are in their late stages of distemper so there is not a lot we can do at that point. As long as the animal that is affected is kept in a clean and healthy environment with good clean water and food, they can recover,” commented Beck.

On Tuesday August 6th, a team from Saga including their veterinarian visited the area where they saw unvaccinated dogs. While the vaccination in the San Mateo was a one-day initiative as an immediate response, other residents can take their dogs into Saga for vaccination. Residents are asked to please report any suspicious cases of distemper since it can be fatal if the animals is untreated. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents, or $10 for those who can afford to pay. Saga is seeking to raise $1000 to buy 100 vaccinations to push this cause.

Saga is also advising pet owners to please bring in their pets for vaccination or to bring in their dogs if they notice any symptoms of distemper virus. For more information you can contact Saga Humane Society at 226-3266.

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#470060 - 08/12/13 04:00 PM Re: Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak in San Mateo [Re: SP Daily]
Marty Offline
Mobile Clinic Tues. Aug. 12

Saga HS would like to announce a Mobile Clinic to San Mateo Tuesday August 12 to vaccinate another 100 dogs . During the Saga HS Mobile Clinic Tuesday August 6 to San Mateo, Saga HS vaccinated 51 the area dogs and distributed antibiotics to affected dogs. Many more dogs must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of CDV. Vaccines will be at no charge to low income residents or $10 for those who can afford to pay.

Please help us spread the word about this new Mobile Clinic.

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