Dr. Doret du Plessis (right) with his assistant, Sifis Zondom, (left) taking care of the shift. Photo for illustrative purposes.
Dog owners at West Rand were encouraged to immediately vaccine their dogs against the Distemper virus.
The warning comes after Tshwane SPCA has confirmed that they are fighting a potentially serious canine outbreak in their Waltloo branch on Wednesday, January 23.
According to the official website of the Czech SPCA [https://spcapta.org.za/] "The chicken is a serious airborne virus that spreads rapidly and does not have a cure. Symptoms often appear at a time, and dogs may seem healthy in the beginning to get sick later. The first signs of Distemper include 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 in Africa, announced a statement earlier this week saying: "Dog owners should know that due to the fact that the virus and the immune system of the animal must fight without help, veterinarians can provide It is estimated that 50 percent of adult dogs and 80 percent of puppies will be under the disease, but vaccination is the only way to prevent the disease.
Lorika Boshoff, President 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 precautionary measure. People should guide their dogs to their local veterinary surgeries because we do not do vaccinations.
Since then Herald has been talking to Dr. Doret du Plessis of the Culemborg Park Veterinary Clinic about the virus:
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