why do dogs need a distemper vaccine if they are house pets?

Asked by Member 548507 on Dec 20th 2007 in Illness & Disease
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The Distemper virus is mostly transmitted through the air. Any unvaccinated dog breathing it in can easily get it. No dog is in the house 24 hours a day, or at least they shouldn't be. Not vaccinating against Distemper is just putting the dog at risk. Its highly contagious among domestic dogs and its often fatal. Raccoons, foxes, and skunks can also carry it, so if your dog came in contact with any of those it would be at risk too. It's just safer to have the vaccine. Especially for puppies who's immune systems aren't fully developed yet.

Stoli answered on 12/20/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


I agree with the above poster's answer.

Definitely get that vaccine for any and all dogs which you're responsible for.

And, all dogs should be allowed access to the outdoors, whether it be in your own backyard or on a leash for a walk.

Distemper and parvo are two highly transmittable diseases that can be given to a dog without actual dog to dog contact. You could theoretically be out at a park without your dog, come home with your shoes on and transmit these diseases to your dogs.

Distemper is fatal and parvo has a very, very high mortality rate. Those who survive often have unpleasant side effects for life.

These vaccines, as well as the rabies vaccine, are not to be skipped for any reason.

Jack answered on 12/21/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer