(applause) thank you. so were going to start with distemper and this one, i think is probably going to be a little longer than 30 minutes, but Ill try to go fast through parvo since weve already covered a little bit already through the Boulder program, which is great. And also youve got a lot of information in your handouts from our program and the Boulder program for parvo. NS: So distemper in Austin, we had a distemper outbreak in the spring of 2010. And we treated over 200 cases of suspected distemper. We.
Didnt test distemper when we got the animals in our shelter. some of them were tested at the city shelter before they came to us, or before they were euthanized, so we knew we were dealing with a distemper problem, but we didnt test every single dog. So Im just throwing that out there because it definitely, these are assumptions. So as we worked through our dogs that we thought had distemper we found that not all of them got neurological signs, in fact a large portion of them didnt get neurological signs, and if they didnt.
They had about a 90% save rate, if they were over 8 weeks. so theres lots of ifs in there. But younger puppies have a much harder time if they get just plain old pneumonia and the horrible KCS and respiratory, but no neuro signs then we had a pretty good success rate of treating them and gettig them through it. If they developed the neurological signs then there seemed to be a higher mortality associated with them. The dogs over four months of age, age had a huge part of this, and Im sure that if we did titer testing, we didnt.
Do titer testing but im sure if we did titer testing we would see that it may just be titer, not necessarily age, and those probably go hand in hand, but the older puppies had a better save rate. NS: So why bother? Thats a good question, because this is a horrible disease and when it goes through shelters it wipes out a lot of dogs and its really difficult to treat. But what we were trying to do is save the difficult animal, so we felt like, well, weve got to try to save these dogs. Especially.
Because we were seeing that a lot of them were savable, that they were living through it, so we felt like we needed to tackle it and try to deal with it. Its a shelter disease, so these dogs that made it out of the shelter alive in the first place and then were dying of a shelter disease, its just, the tragedy of it is overwhelming too. So again, that was another reason why we wanted to tackle it, is give these guys a chance. They already made it through the gauntlet and then to just die of something that they.
Picked up at the shelter is really sad. it takes a long time to fully manifest. im sure people already know that, if anybodys seen it. And many puppies are already adopted by the time they come down with fullblown symptoms because we dont necessarily do a quarantine period for our puppies in the summertime when we dont have a lot of we cant keep up with the numbers that are coming in. So, if they get it then we treat it. So if theyre adopted or theyre in foster we deal with it.
Ns: and this is just, you guys already know this, its spread through respiratory droplets, up to four feet away of coughing. You can spread it by having dirty hands, going from one cage to another. It doesnt live very long in the environment so its actually harder to spread than parvo, as far as like on your shoes or puppies licking your clothes. But it is spread through air. So that makes it a much harder, especially when youre dealing with crowded environments and shelters that dont have the greatest barriers or.
Ns: paths to get through the shelter. so, symptoms. it attacks each organ. i like to think of it as a disease that rolls through the different organ system. Every week its like the flavor of the week. Whatever the distemper decides to get it gets. And generally we see it start with the respiratory symptom and/or diarrhea, and then thatll kind of wax and wane and then itll be back and youll start to see them improve from that first symptom, and then something else pops up. And so that might be skin problems. Weve.