06-29-2016, 11:34 PM
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I am only aware of a New Castles vaccine for birds, and not sure how effective it is even for them. Never heard of it being used on dogs for any reason, but pretty sure it would be useless, if not dangerous for an active case of distemper. Distemper is a pretty serious disease in dogs, and if untreated, is usually fatal. Treatment is only symptomatic, but one of the primary results of Distemper are immunosuppression, so keeping the dog on antibiotics will sometimes help them survive the virus, as they basically 'cure themselves' over time. I have had a lot of dogs survive distemper infections, though I certainly have had even more not make it (age plays a role... younger dogs do more poorly in general). There are no other treatments other that keeping them well hydrated, encouraging them to eat, and protect them from infections. If they do not develop neurologic symptoms in a month, then their prognosis improves. Some dogs will still develop neurologic symptoms (usually twitches or uncontrollable ticks) and still survive, but most will not. Checking for the presence of fever is useful in terms of making up a prognosis (disappearance of a fever is usually a good sign).
How did this happen? Did not get vaccines as a puppy? This disease is far rarer than it used to be thanks to vaccines... but vaccinating your puppy now for distemper (if he truly has distemper- how was it diagnosed??) is not going to help or do anything. BUT most vaccines for distemper also protect against parvo, which you would definitely NOT want to have infect you dog as well... so as soon as your pet is over its distemper (should it survive) definitely get him parvo vaccines (at least several) cause few puppies ever survive both virus infections.