Canine Distemper is a contagious disease caused by a virus which attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system of unvaccinated puppies and adult dogs. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, ocular/nasal discharge. If it progresses, symptoms can become neurological, with face/body twitching and sometimes seizures.
We want to send these dogs to foster homes as quickly as possible because it’s much less stressful than a shelter environment and there is less exposure to disease. Many of the dogs who enter our shelter have not been vaccinated or we have vaccinated them only a few hours or days ago and the vaccine is not yet fully effective, so it’s important to get these distemper positive dogs to a foster home to minimize exposure for the rest of our shelter population as well.