By Dr. Becker
Canine distemper, which is also known as Carre’s disease and was once called hard pad disease, is a highly contagious virus that primarily affects young dogs, both domesticated and wild, between the ages of 2 and 6 months. Canine distemper can be fatal, especially in puppies and wildlife.
The disease is caused by a type of Morbillivirus and is closely related to the measles virus that affects humans. It’s referred to as the canine distemper virus or CDV.