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I am sorry to hear your dog has distemper. Was than confirmed with a test?Is Bandit vaccinated against distemper?The only way a dog can get distemper is by coming in contact with the distemper virus, and getting infected.Please let me know what other questions you have.
Please let me know how he is doing, and if he was tested for distemper.
How old was he? I am so sorry to hear had to be put down. My sincere condolences.If he definitely had distemper, he must have come in contact with the distemper virus somehow. How long ago since his last vaccination? Decades ago, I did see a dog get distemper from a vaccination. If he had a vaccination recently, you might ask your veterinarian to report it to the make of the vaccine.
How long ago was his last vaccination?
If he got distemper from the vaccine, it would probably have been sooner than 6 months. So, possibly the vaccine failed to protect him, and this definitely should be reported to the make of the vaccine.
If he had it, she was exposed, but possibly the vaccination protected her as it should have.
If I had a dog that was vaccinated and then confirmed as having distemper, I would call the vaccine manufacturers and report it.
That seems like a long time for this to be caused by the vaccine, and vaccine causing distemper is rare. Then I would call the makers of the vaccine that was given, or have your veterinarian call since he or she will know what vaccine was used.
Please let me know if my answer is helpful, and what other questions you may have. I am so sorry you lost Bandit.
Or from a virus left by another dog. He might contact the virus without direct contact with the other dog.The only other possibility is that the test was wrong and it was not distemper.
If Bandit died but not the other dog, either it was not distemper, or the vaccine Bandit got did not protect him as it should have. This should be reported to the maker of the vaccine.
If you know for sure Bandit died of distemper, then the vaccine did not protect him as it should have, and I would contact your veterinarian to find out what vaccine he was given, and then I would call technical support at the vaccine manufacturer.
You are welcome. I am so sorry about Bandit.
You are welcome.