Dogs have been saved from canine distemper in two ways:
- By being treated in the early stages of the disease — before going through the sixth day of symptoms — by using the NDV-induced serum or the straight shot of NDV as an IV injection. Examples.
- By getting the NDV spinal tap while in the neurologic stage of the disease. Most dogs die or are euthanized at this stage, but the spinal tap has saved half of those who have been treated. Examples.
Not all dogs are saved. Here’s a page on some of the dogs who didn’t make it.
For an overview on case outcomes, please read our Report on the Effectiveness of the NDV Treatments.