Q. Labrador used to play with a dog who died from distemper. My dog seems healthy till now, what precautions should I take?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. If your dog is regularly vaccinated as per the schedule from the vaccine company, she should have good immunity against the distemper virus but this is not a guarantee she could not contract the disease. The disease does not survive well in the environment (~30mins) and thorough cleaning of all discharges and secretions followed by a 1:30 bleach solution will inactivate any virus. Watch closely for any nasal or eye discharge, fever, sore feet, confusion, vomiting, diarrhea, panting or coughing.