Dr Doret du Plessis (right), along with her assistant Sifiso Zondo (left), strives for a pomeranian. Photo for illustrative purposes.
West Rand dog owners are invited to vaccinate their dogs against the distemper virus immediately.
The warning comes after Tshwane SPCA confirmed on Wednesday, January 23, that they have fought for a potentially serious outbreak of Canine Distemper at their Waltloo branch.
According to the official Tshwane SPCA website [https://spcapta.org.za/] “Temperature is a serious virus that is spreading rapidly and is not a cure. Symptoms often take time to express themselves, and dogs may initially appear healthy only later to become ill. The first signs of Distemper are sneezing, coughing and thick mucous membranes that come from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite are also common symptoms of the virus.
Read more about the virus here [https://spcapta.org.za/canine-distemper/]
Dr Elizna Boag, Head of Business Unit, Companion Animals and Ethicals at Afrivet, published a statement earlier this week saying: "Dog owners should know that because the fluid is a viral disease and the animal's immune system must be fought without a veterinarian only if the dog has been diagnosed with a risk of illness. About 50% of adult dogs and 80% of puppies will be exposed to this disease. Vaccination is the only way to prevent the disease.
Lorika Boshoff, Chairman of Rand West SPCA, added: "This is a very dangerous virus among dogs, so we encourage people to take their dogs for vaccination as a precaution. People should take their dogs to the local veterinary clinics because we are not vaccinated. ”
Herald has since talked to Dr. Doret du Plessis about Culemborg Park Veterinary Clinic about the virus:
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