Many dogs for sale in pet shops and  offered in street markets and by local charities become ill after a few days often with Parvo and or Distemper.

Both diseases are serious therefore I urge you to get a Veterinary certificate of health before taking a dog from either of these sources.
Many people are unaware of Parvo and Distemper, so what is Parvo and Distemper?
Parvo is a disease that causes severe tummy upset so you will have a dog that develops diarrhea but it quickly becomes very serious they will often pass a lot of blood and become dehydrated they often will also vomit and can’t hold any food or fluids down. There are a number of different strains some more virulent that others but the problem is that if these dogs are not supported very quickly with fluids usually by drips then the outlook is
very bleak. Often owners arrive at the vets when the dogs are virtually collapsed

I remember one night spending ages with the vet trying to get a needle into a vein only to watch the dog literally die in front of us. In severe forms they can be dead within 24 hours and often the recovery is slow and can leave them with other permanent health problems the most common of which is a permanent heart problem. They have a characteristic smell once smelt you’ll never forget it.

Distemper is a more peculiar disease. It starts off with a characteristic temperature spike and perhaps a few days with the dog off colour. That might be the end however they can also develop a greeny discharge from the eyes and nose. This  is classic if nursed carefully and with specific antibiotics very often this is all it comes to.

In a  proportion of cases the dogs go on to develop secondary problems  this can be six weeks later. Sometimes even more the problem is that on occasion owners never even took the dog to the vet for the first problems and then go to the vet  with a dog that’s got odd symptoms blue
eyes or muscle paralysis or seizures or chorea .

All cases that I have seen  that got to this stage the dogs were eventually put to sleep as things became too severe.If your dogs are vaccinated you are not going to have a problem with either Parvo or Distemper, unless you dog is immune compromised.

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