Thank you for that information. Could you tell me if the dog is likely to still have distemper? Does the virus disappear after time? Is the dog likely to get any worse?
I am so sad that this has happened to him. Is there no treatment available that would get rid of the virus? I presume inoculation would be useless.
As it is likely that the virus is still present in his system, does it mean that he can pass the virus on other dogs even if they are vaccinated?
A last question which is important to us - can he have a relatively happy life if he is lucky enough not to get any worse or do you think he is already suffering too much pain? Difficult for you to judge, I know. We would very much like to give him a chance of a happy life but we need to be realistic about the situation and also sensitive to his need for a pain-free life.
Thank you so much for your information and advice. We now know what we are taking on and what signs to look out for.
Best wishes, Kim
Glad to report that Otto, who we now call our rescue dog, appears to be pretty fit and healthy now - with lots of energy. He is learning to trust us, is affectionate and acts like a happy dog. His teeth are not in a good state though which I understand can be as a result of having distemper. His nervous tic is still there but it is not nearly so obvious as it was and does not seem to cause him any distress.
On your recommendation, the Turkish vet had a blood test for the presence of distemper before he flew to the UK and we were told it was clear. So hopefully, he will not get any worse.
Thank you for your past advice - much appreciated.
Kind regards, Kim