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Distemper Treatment Schedule

Treating canine distemper is a 6-8 week process. The primary reasons for treatment failure are beginning treatment too late or ending treatment too soon. Canine distemper is a highly lethal disease; failing to refill medications ends treatment to soon and may lead to relapse of illness and even death.

Current success rate: Approximately 80% of the distemper patients we have treated have survived.

Patient treatment: Treated as an outpatient only. (Years of personal experience have shown that hospitalization triples the treatment cost, with only a small increase in the survival rate.)

Important: Antiviral and immune modulation therapy should be started early in the course of the illness. Pets that have been sick longer than 7-10 days have a reduced chance of survival. Pets sick for several weeks prior to treatment or showing neurological signs have a greatly reduced chance of survival. Dogs that are seizuring should be humanely euthanized.

How many visits? Two. The initial visit and a follow-up three weeks later.

Initial visit: Fee, due at this visit, includes exam/consultation, laboratory testing and approximately three week’s worth of distemper medications. Additional conditions are treated separately.

  • Diagnosis – Based on history, physical exam, and supportive lab findings.
  • Treatment selection – Antivirals, antibiotics and certain immune modifiers are selected based on patient’s condition, stage of illness and test results.

Three week follow-up visit: Includes recheck examination and refills of medications. Fee for this visit is not included in the initial payment.

Important – Even though most patients are feeling much better by this time, it is critical to refill and continue medications another 3-4 weeks, otherwise, relapse will likely occur.

Common Questions:

  • Are there any guarantees this treatment will work? As with any medical or surgical procedure, no guarantees can be made or implied.
  • Can medications be returned if patient dies? Unfortunately, no.
  • These medications are contaminated with distemper virus and cannot be used on any other animals. Unused medications should be discarded.
  • Can “left –over” medications be used on my other dogs once my sick dog gets well? There should be NO medications left over. They should be used until empty – both initial and refill prescriptions.
  • Can my other dogs catch distemper from my sick dog? As long as they are currently vaccinated, they are very unlikely to become infected.
  • How is distemper prevented? Three sets of vaccinations as a puppy and then every 1-3 years thereafter prevents distemper.
  • When can my pet be vaccinated? Usually 8-10 weeks after our PAC antiviral treatment begins.
  • When can my pet be spayed or neutered? Usually 3-4 months after our PAC antiviral treatment begins.

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Plano Animal Clinic

3205 Alma, Ste 415
Plano, TX 75075

Phone: (972) 422-5116

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The treatment methods that have been the most beneficial for our patients over the past few years include: Immune modulation, VOM spinal adjustments, Cold LASER therapy & LED acupuncture.

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