Any more information on the distemper outbreak?
THE article in last Saturday’s paper (Cyprus Today, April 7) about Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) and the outbreak of distemper is not only shocking and upsetting to read but also raises many questions for pet owners about the outbreak of the disease. Does the government vet or any vets have any advice for us?
I know KAR are doing their best to quarantine their dogs, but should we be advised to do the same? For example restricting walks with our dogs to our immediate area, and not going further afield where we might meet other dogs from different villages?
I have checked my pet’s book and see she has had the distemper/parvovirus vaccination, but several years ago. The internet tells me: “DA2PP is a combination vaccine for your dog that protects against four primary canine diseases — distemper, adenovirus2, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Because these diseases can be deadly and do not have cures, regular vaccination is recommended to reduce your pooch’s risk, though it is not required.”
If additional vaccinations are required, I would like to comply but fear the risk of contamination by sitting in a crowded waiting room.
My sympathy goes out to the volunteer workers at KAR at this distressing time; hopefully the disease has been contained, but where did it begin? Jean Clark Karaman Editor’s note: For the latest on the distemper outbreak, see our story on page 1.