distemper albuquerqueThis month there has been a distemper outbreak in New Mexico. It started in Roswell at the beginning of March and brought to Albuquerque, mid-month. Thankfully it was detected and the exposed dogs have been quarantined. Distemper is a highly contagious viral illness that has no known cure. The only thing that can be done once your dog has distemper is to treat it and potentially euthanize when they get too sick.  Sounds horrible?

Distemper is a highly contagious viral illness that has no known cure. The only thing that can be done once your dog has distemper is to treat it and potentially euthanize when they get too sick.  Sounds horrible?  Yes it is. But distemper is easily prevented. It is part of your pets first, and regular, vaccination schedule.  Most of us think of vaccinations as just something we are supposed to do for our pets. But they go beyond that. Many stray dogs do not have their vaccinations, which means they are a breeding ground for illness. Distemper spread through the air as well as through direct, or indirect, contact.  This means that if a stray dog that is sick runs by your dog, your dog is at risk.

34 of the dogs that were caught and diagnosed with distemper exposure ended up being euthanized because they were sick. The other ones are currently in quarantine, have been vaccinated, are are waiting to see if they will remain healthy before reentering the shelter population.

This outbreak serves as a good reminder why it is so important to keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date. Their health and life is in your care. Please vaccinate your dogs and help them have a long and healthy life.

If you need to update your vaccinations, come into one of our daily Albuquerque walk-in shot clinics. You can also save money on your vaccinations by checking our promotions page.