Response to a skeptic

So, a dog owner I’ve corresponded with sent me this link and asked me to respond:

I’d encourage you to read the post. I like Dr. Chris Bern because he is a skeptic. I consider myself a skeptic myself. I spent 25 years in journalism and that’s pretty much our stance with everything. If you want me to believe something, you have to show me yourself. Unlike others who might dismiss a cure for distemper out of hand, Dr. Bern actually took the time to read our report about the effectiveness of NDV. So, that’s how skeptics should work. But I think he missed some key points.

Let me just say right off, that I absolutely respect any vet who does not want to use an unpublished treatment. And if you are not interested in hearing about how Dr. Alson Sears found a cure for canine distemper, I will respect that and leave you alone. However, other vets who were probably tired of routinely euthanizing distemper dogs gave the treatments a try and wrote back to tell me how it went.

I compiled those numbers into that report. At no point do I call this a scientific study. However, I did refer to the 2003 study by Dr. Kim Hee-Young in Korea. But at no point do I claim to be a scientist, a doctor or a veterinarian. At no point do I claim to have proven there is a cure for canine distemper. As I say in the report, “We do not claim here that we have proven this cure, but we consider these treatments to be at least encouraging and worth further investigation.”

I am not a scientist, but I am a former journalist, and I can compile information and tell you the facts I have found. In 1997, my dog Galen was dying of distemper. My sister took him to see Dr. Alson Sears, who treated him. Galen came back to us two days later happy and healthy. Now, I know that one incident is not enough to prove a cure. I know I don’t have the test reports and other specifics of the case to further verify that one case. At the time, I was not planning on campaigning for this cause. But as far as I was concerned, my dog’s life had been saved.

I put Galen’s story up on my website,, but was determined to not get further involved than that. People found out about Dr. Sears. Some were able to get to his clinic and some wrote back to me to say their dog had been saved from distemper too. “That’s nice,” I thought to myself.

The turning point came in 2008, after Dr. Sears had been retired for a couple of years. A woman in Romania contacted me and asked if her vet could use the protocols from Dr. Sears, which I had posted to the website. “Sure,” I said. I forgot all about that until 4 months later when she contacted me through Facebook to say her vet had used the serum to save at least 5 dogs at that point.

That was when the light bulb went on. I may not be a scientist, but I remember enough from college biology class to know that scientific results need to be repeatable by other scientists. A veterinarian from the other side of the world had taken Dr. Sears’ protocol off my website, followed them and had the same results.

This was significant to me. But at the time I was just a copy editor for a newspaper in Upstate New York. Science writers who I contacted wouldn’t look at it because it was unpublished. Vet schools wouldn’t give me the time of day. But as an individual person, I still had the power of speech and I could harness the then-emerging power of social media. I pushed it out into the world everywhere I could. I asked dog owners to record and videotape their dogs before and after treatment and tell me their stories. I asked vets to send me updates on how the treatments went for them.  This all became the reports, videos and stories that fill the Kind Hearts In Action website.

At least 23 veterinarians around the world reported to me that they could repeat Dr. Sears’ work.

And yes, none of this is scientific. This is all anecdotal. The whole point of all of this was to get the attention of those in the scientific community and get someone to realize this would be worth a study. I believe that if this could be put to the test — especially in treating the early stages of distemper — it would show that the lives of dogs could be saved.

At the very least, I believe the veterinary community should end the routine euthanization of distemper dogs. Yes, in many cases, the neurologic problems are too severe to overcome and euthanization is the kindest thing you can do. But even if you don’t believe NDV is saving these dogs, I can still point to hundreds of examples of distemper dogs where it was definitely worth the effort to try. That is the point of our We Love #DistemperDogs campaign.  Slideshow.

I have a book on canine distemper from the 1920s. That book tells the story of veterinarians who at the time were desperate to defeat canine distemper. They were either trying to find a cure or find a vaccine.

They eventually found a vaccine. So they forgot about finding a cure. My assumption is that with the vaccine, the veterinarians at the time considered a cure unnecessary because the vaccine would control the disease. But distemper is very different from the small pox vaccine. Small pox could be eliminated from the world because it only affected one population, humans. Distemper can exist in other canids and it keeps spreading. New cases, year after year. I get emails from all over the world telling me how devastating a problem it is.

So, as important the vaccine is — yes, always get your dog vaccinated — it has only partially defeated distemper. An effective treatment is needed.

However, somehow the narrative changed from when the vaccine was developed in 1950. Rather than, “a cure is not needed.” It became “a cure for canine distemper is impossible.”

Yes, it is a bold claim that a cure for canine distemper is possible. Yes, it is a bold claim that there is some unknown process caused by NDV that can defeat the distemper virus. But you just sitting there saying it’s bold doesn’t prove that it is not there. You won’t know if it is there unless you check it out for yourself. That’s what a true skeptic would do.

Alas, I cannot prove it to you. I am not a scientist. I am, after all, still just an ordinary guy running websites and answering email. I do not have the money, resources, connections and experience to run a proper study on this. But with all due respect, I know this:

Veterinarians around the world have patients that are sick and will die.

Somebody should do should do something about it.

Ed Bond


P.S. As to the implication that this is snake oil and I am just a P.T. Barnum looking to con people, I have to say that as a newspaper reporter, I once chased a con artist out of town. Con artists usually keep changing their story. They want the money as soon as possible. They don’t stick around very long to answer questions.

Kind Hearts In Action is a 501c3 non-profit. We have been active with this status since 2009. You can look it up. We never require any money for the help we offer. Donations are gratefully accepted, but I would never twist anyone’s arm for money. I would never ask for money from someone who is desperate and in the middle of crisis. Frankly, if we get enough to keep the website and social media going, I’m happy. If people share their stories and tell others about what is happening here, all the better.

I’ve been doing this for about 7 years now. I do this for no pay, and every morning when I get to my computer there are more emails from people asking for help. But it is because I also get emails from people thanking me for helping to save their dogs that I keep doing this. If there had been no successes, I would not have done this for very long.

Check out our other stories here:

Distemper dogs treated with NDV




“No, I’m not giving up on her”



Recieved May 23, 2016 from Amy Jaramillo Ureste of Brownsville, Texas

“This is Missy. She will be 3 years old in September. In March 5th she was diagnosed with distemper. She wasn’t eating, nor being her hyper self that she normally is, her nose was so hard and dry, and full of green buggers and blood, her paws were so hard. I would wake up with her every hour giving her water with sugar, pedialyte, and water with a syringe. I wouldn’t sleep just to keep an eye on her because I was so scared she might not wake up. We took her to the vet. She got some antibiotics. Vet said she doesn’t get better bring her back on the 3rd day, so we did. 2nd vet saw her and told us she had distemper. My husband told him, “well save my pup” vet said “it’s not worth it, it’s better if you just put her down, your wasting your money and time”. I just started crying like crazy. I took her out of there and I said “no, I’m not giving up on her”. So we found this amazing group. And we heard about the New castle vaccine. We ordered it. My husband said let’s take the shot. So we did. We went back to the vet to see if he would help us in injecting her. He refused. He didn’t want to be part of it because there was no scientific proof that it saves dogs from distemper. So we took matter into our own hands, one of our good friends they are familiar with distemper said they would help. So we took the chance. We gave her the dosage ever 12hrs till it was gone. It was so hard since she was so dehydrated. But our friends managed to get it thru. The 1st night she ate and drank water. The 2nd round she fell back down again. 3rd one was the charm. She started eating again. Being more active. A week later it’s as if nothing were to ever happen. She is back to being the boss with our other dogs lol. Most people said if we were sure it was distemper. I tell people well whatever it was this new castle vaccine sure killed it.”
#lovedistemperdogs #distemperdogs

The #lovedistemperdogs campaign #distemperdogs

Here’s all the photos we have received — so far — in the #lovedistemperdogs campaign #distemperdogs

Go to the Save Dogs From Canine Distemper Facebook page to see the original posts.

@distemperdogs on Twitter

To join the campaign, post to Facebook or Twitter with #distemperdogs or email me at

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T-Bone the SURVIVOR!!

From the website of Arizona Desert Rotti & Pals Rescue


T-Bone the SURVIVOR!! has found a home! You can read T-Bone the SURVIVOR!!’s original profile below or view adoptable pets from this adoption group.

Arizona Desert Rotti & Pals Rescue

Tucson, AZ 85731

Contact this Organization

About T-Bone the SURVIVOR!!

Meet an AMAZING BOY!! This is T-BONE, a Lab/Boxer mix and he is a DISTEMPER SURVIVOR! He is now 2 years old. Not long after we saved him off death row (as a puppy) and vaccinated him, he came down withe distemper. Distemper shots don’t work if a dog has been exposed and it’s in their system. Our director went to GREAT lengths and time to save this boys’s life. She sent for a new treatment that is supposed to help and GUESS WHAT? It DID! T-Bone can RUN like the wind on the ranch, his foster home. He’s loving, sweet, likes all sizes of dogs and is an all around NICE BOY. The ONLY thing we notiice if he stands still for too long, one can notice a bit of a twitch, but it’s really not that noticeable.

SO if you like LARGE, FUN dogs that love walking, hiking, playing and just being a DOG? Well, T-Bone may be your DREAM GUY! This boy has energy to spare, so if you’re a couch potato, he will NOT call you for a second date. This is ONE NICE DOG who LOVES to play and adores other dogs and people. You can also tell by his photos, that this is big one big goofy boy!

His foster mom keeps saying he is just SO NICE!

Since T-Bone also LOVES to be around people, he won’t make a good dog for someone looking to dump him in their back yard and forget about him. He wants to be part of a PACK!! Tthis guy will catch on quick and be your best buddy in no time!! He is VERY VERY sweet.

Since he’s a BIG BABY and doesn’t know he’s strong, we prefer he go to a home with older children. They will also be goof at keeping up with him and help with her energy level!

OR, you can fill out a pre adoption application at

NOTE!! At the end of the application under comments, please include the type of yard you have around your home as well as fencing.

Arizona Desert Rotti and Pals is a NO KILL rescue serving Tucson and the surrounding area. We work very hard to save animals in danger, so ANY donations, food, blankets, or financial, are GREATLY appreciated!

We usually show our smaller dogs at Petsmart at Grant & Swan (Tucson) from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. However, we don’t bring our larger dogs unless we get and approve (speak to the people interested at length) an application before the adoption event. IF you are interested in this boy, you can send a pet inquiry to this site.

Leah Keuroghlian

#distemperdogs #dogs #lovedistemperdogs

“You have no right to give up if they haven’t”



From Katrina Pontanar
#lovedistemperdogs #dogs #distemperdogs
Hello! I just want to share to you a happy ending. My dog Czar, a nine-year old shih tzu, survived distemper with no after effects. He has no twitching, loss of motor skills or other neurological disruptions. In a place like Philippines where NDV spinal tap is almost beyond reach (being available only in the capital) and where most of the veterinary clinics are hesitant almost unwelcoming to distemper dogs, I thought I should share to you how my dog and I have overcome great odds to keep him not just alive, but intact.

Back in the day, Czar had seen three veterinary clinics, all have advised me to put him to sleep. You know what they don’t tell you about distemper? Your dog fights if you do. After religious trips to the vet for Canglob D shots and sleeping beside him every night and talking to him while he is bedridden,  I had shown my dog how life is worth fighting for.

And so we fought, day in and day out. I would do things I don’t normally do. He had severe coughs and his hind legs were too weak, but I knew he still wanted to have his walk. So I walked him, my hands supported his belly. Sometimes, I would let him hear sound effects of cats purring so that he would bark at it. I gave him his favorite food. Every day, he was not without me. Every single time, he never had to think that he had a serious illness. Because of that, his demeanor never changed.

He was lethargic but still very attentive. He was weak but was still very eager. The key to helping your dog survive is not only giving him meds, but also being there for him all the time. People think I’m crazy, but you know what’s crazy? Czar cheated distemper unscathed. Seeing him now to how he was before distemper is definitely worth all the sleepless nights and tireless trips to vets.

When your dog has distemper, money is not only the issue. I pray that owners with distemper dogs will never give up. This is both our fight with our dogs. You have no right to give up if they haven’t.

Loucca just celebrated her 3rd birthday yesterday!!

From Valerie Grzesikowski  – March 9, 2016
My husband and I will be making a sign and taking a picture with our distemper survivor! But I also wanted to share with you a little bit about her. We rescued Loucca in South Korea, when we lived there, when she was 4 weeks old. She had distemper. I found your website, and contacted Dr. Al Sears directly to begin asking questions. We couldn’t give up on her! We found a Veterinarian just steps from our Villa in Korea, and he was aware of the treatment invented by Dr. Sears. Distemper is like a plague in South Korea, so he has used the Serum many times. She received that treatment, but then showed neurological signs, with muscle ticks. The Veterinarian immediately did the second option treatment, I am unaware of1026104_10200675058751832_895538647_o what it was exactly, because of translation difficulties with the doctor. He translated it as an anti-distemper serum. Not as strong as the one invented by Dr. Sears, but a last hope. Just a week later, Loucca tested negative for Distemper!! She was tested weekly for 3 more weeks, and continued to test negative. The doctor there did say that since she did have neurologic distemper, she wouldn’t live more than a year, another doctor said MAYBE 6 months. Even Dr. Sears said that he has never had a dog live through neurologic distemper, unless a spinal tap was done, and once the brain has been affected, it’s always fatal.
Loucca just celebrated her 3rd birthday yesterday!! She has been the exact same as the last day of her treatment!! It is a miracle, the neurological distemper never progressed!! An 85 lb Golden Retriever that acts just like every other dog. She has slight muscle ticks, but they don’t affect her day to day activities one bit! I will attach a picture of her with her savior doctors! 🙂 I have told every one of her Veterinarians about your website, and they all informed me they never knew about any of the treatments. Loucca is walking proof that there IS A CURE! Thank you so much for your website. Without your site, it is likely that Loucca wouldn’t be with us today.
I attached a picture of Loucca the first day she tested negative after her distemper treatment!! and also yesterday for her 3rd birthday!
Thank you,
The Secor Family
#distemperdogs #lovedistemperdogs

We love #distemperdogs


We’re asking all of our followers and anyone who cares about the cause of canine distemper to make a sign like this one, using a photo of the distemper dog you’ve had in your life and add words like “We loved (or love) our distemper dog.” Take a picture of yourself holding up the sign.

Add a hashtag on the photo #distemperdogs and post it to the Save Dogs From Distemper Facebook page or if you are on Twitter, tweet it to @distemperdogs with the hashtags #distemperdogs and #dogs. Or you can email it to me at, and I can post them for you.

If your distemper dog is still alive, put him or her in the picture.

The point is we know there are hundreds, probably thousands of dogs dying of distemper all over the world. But the scientists, researchers and veterinarians are not aware of what a big problem it is.

No one tracks how many dogs die of distemper each year because it is not a reportable disease. This will be an undeniable way of showing how many people care about this disease.

Our goals:

  • To end the systematic euthanasia of distemper dogs. This has shut down an interest in research into finding effective treatments.
  • To promote research into effective treatments and methods of saving distemper dogs.
  • To promote education among veterinarians to recognize distemper cases and to learn which treatments help.

We need to demonstrate this is a HUMAN issue as well as a dog problem. Not only are thousands of dogs dying of this disease, it is causing heartache and grief to the countless human companions to these animals.

One photo may not make a difference. But what about thousands?

— Ed Bond

March 7, 2016




Report on effectiveness of NDV treatments

en español
Statistics compiled by Kind Hearts In Action between December 2008 and February 2016.

NOTE: To clarify a couple of issues that have been raised, I’d like to make two points: 1) At no time do we call this a scientific study. This is just a report of numbers I have collected over the years. I understand this is nothing more than anecdotal information. We do not claim here to have proven there is a cure for canine distemper, but we think it would worthwhile to see a full study done. However, we do not have the means to conduct one ourselves. 2) As I say elsewhere throughout the website and on every email I send out, I am not a veterinarian, a doctor or a scientist. I never claim to be one. I do this as an attempt to get the veterinary and scientific community to at least look at this possibility fairly. — Ed Bond, July 2016

“I’m sorry, but your dog has distemper. You should have him put to sleep.”

This is what dog owners around the world are told far too often. According to the experts, distemper is an incurable disease from which few dogs survive. Euthanasia is the frequent course of action.

But we’d like to show you some facts that we hope will give the experts a reason to think again. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dogs could be needlessly dying of this disease every year.

Since December 2008, Save Dogs From Canine Distemper, a project of Kind Hearts In Action, has been tracking the effectiveness of a treatment discovered by a veterinarian in Lancaster, California. Dr. Alson Sears could not get the veterinary community to listen to him when he first discovered NDV-induced serum in the early 1970s. But now, our numbers support – if not yet prove – Dr. Sears’ claim that distemper is curable.

We do not claim here that we have proven this cure, but we consider these treatments to be at least encouraging and worth further investigation.

We have received reports from 22 vets who have used NDV to treat distemper dogs. Of those, 14 vets used NDV-induced serum in the early stages of the disease, and in 85 percent of those cases, the distemper dog survived. Dog caregivers — owners, fosters and rescuers — tell us that 65.5 percent of distemper dogs were saved by one of the treatments developed by Dr. Sears using NDV — Newcastle Disease Vaccine.

These numbers were compiled from e-mails from dog caregivers and from a survey of vets using the NDV treatments. These statistics support our primary conclusion that if dogs can be treated within four to six days of the onset of symptoms, the majority of these animals can be saved. Our conclusion is also supported by a study conducted in Korea in 2003, which is included below. However, the survival rate also relies on getting a fast diagnosis, on having a supply of serum available, and in successfully treating the dog for the opportunistic diseases — such as pneumonia — that usually accompanies distemper.


Dr. Alson Sears, a veterinarian in the desert community of Lancaster, Calif., discovered how to use Newcastle Disease Vaccine (NDV) as a treatment for canine distemper in the early 1970s . The basic principle of the treatment is to use the NDV as an inducer to prompt a reaction in the dog’s immune system that can create a material to kill the distemper virus. The protocol for making the serum is available here.

Dr. Sears reports treating more than 600 dogs for canine distemper during his years as a practicing vet. He says that dogs infected with the distemper virus treated before going through the sixth day of showing symptoms had a survival rate in the high 90s. Dr. Sears was not able to get his discovery published. He retired in 2006.

However, his treatment had been made available on the Internet since May 2000 [], and some vets have followed his treatments and theories with success. Today, the NDV treatments include the NDV-induced serum, the NDV as an IV injection to the body and the NDV spinal tap, which is for dogs in the neurologic stage of distemper.

With a treatment that had been discovered in the early 1970s and available on the Internet for nearly 15 years, the question has often been raised about why more conclusive information has not been published before now.

This is because:

  1. After his discovery, Dr. Sears ran into overwhelming disbelief about his treatments. “Son, that’s impossible. Sit down,” he was told when he tried to explain his discovery at a veterinary conference. This was a discouraging experience for him.
  2. He lacked the resources and ability to get his work published. When he contacted major universities about his discovery, he was told he would have to pay $500,000 to have a research project conducted. As a simple, clinical vet trying to meet the expenses of running his clinic, he had no way of paying so much. So, he remained quiet about his discovery for decades.
  3. While his treatments were posted on a website in May 2000, the Save Dogs From Distemper project did not get started until December 2008. We have compiled these preliminary statistics on cases treated since then in the hope that this may be useful to researchers.

How this report was compiled

The data for the report comes from two sources:

  1. Veterinarians using NDV
  2. Dog owners, caregivers or rescue groups.

Every case reported to us has been included in our statistics. We are not selective in compiling our information.

Kind Hearts In Action contacted veterinarians using NDV with either a mailed survey, through the Internet and e-mail and sometimes by phone. They were asked:

  • Do you use NDV to treat canine distemper?
  • Do you use NDV serum?
  • How many dogs have you treated with NDV serum?
  • How many of those dogs survived?
  • Do you use NDV in an IV?
  • How many dogs have you treated with NDV in IV?
  • How many of those dogs survived?
  • Have you used the NDV spinal tap?
  • How many dogs have you treated with the NDV spinal tap?
  • How many of those dogs survived?

For this survey, the diagnosis of distemper relied on the judgment of each vet. Very often, the dog owners did not want to pay the additional expense of a lab test. So, the vets would make the diagnosis based on their experience, the apparent symptoms and in the context of whether they were in the midst of a distemper outbreak. The reports from owners and dog caregivers was largely tracked by e-mail.

Because the means of diagnosis is inconsistent, we do not claim that these numbers prove canine distemper can be cured. Our work to prove the effectiveness of these treatments is not done. But we gathered these numbers as an attempt to give a sample of what is happening around the world. We hardly think that all distemper cases are being reported to us, and very often we are told that the cases we do know of are just a handful of examples out of a population where dogs are dying in overwhelming numbers.

Very often, much of the resistance about Dr. Sears’ theories comes from the conclusion that vaccination alone has the problem of distemper under control. While vaccination is essential to fighting this disease and we strongly encourage all dogs to be vaccinated, the numbers of cases that have been reported to us show that distemper is still a problem. Shelter outbreaks, exposure from wild animals and unvaccinated puppies allow the disease to continue.

It would be useful if a U.S. or international agency took on the role of compiling reliable statistics on how many dogs are dying of distemper. The veterinary community may not even fully realize how big the problem of distemper is.

Still, we feel these numbers at least show that there is hope. If this treatment can be published and accepted in a veterinary journal, we believe the lives of countless dogs can be saved.

Any vets who have information about dogs they have treated with NDV-induced serum are asked to e-mail Ed Bond at These statistics will be updated routinely as we receive further reports.

Report on outcomes from veterinarians

According to 23 veterinarians who have reported outcomes to Kind Hearts In Action, 611 dogs infected with the distemper virus have been treated with at least one of the NDV treatments. Of those, 442 survived (72 percent). Fifteen of these vets reported treating 305 cases with the NDV-induced serum of which 265 survived, for a survival rate of 86 percent.

It is important to note that 150 of these dogs were treated in 2010 with NDV-induced serum by a Houston area vet as part of Project Hope. They report that of the 150 dogs that were treated with NDV-induced serum, 90 percent survived – 135 dogs. Combining these numbers with the efforts of other vets, Project Hope reports saving nearly 200 dogs from canine distemper.

The other cases include 162 dogs that were treated with NDV as an IV injection, of which 111 survived and 144 treated with NDV spinal taps of which 66 survived. Two of the surviving dogs treated with NDV as IV in Puerto Rico were also treated with NDV-induced serum.

Here is a report on a dog treated with the NDV spinal tap by a vet in Alberta, Canada.

In one of the spinal tap cases, a vet in South Africa injected the NDV-induced serum in the spinal canal — instead of the straight NDV vaccine — and that dog was reported to be doing well.

Vets who had reported on the effectiveness of the treatments were from Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and the Philippines. One vet in the Los Angeles area reported treating five dogs with NDV as IV, but did not learn the outcomes of those cases. Another vet in Southern Florida reports having used NDV on distemper dogs 27 times since 2009, but did not have the reports on outcomes available. These cases where the outcomes were unknown have not been added to the totals from the vets.

Report from Korea

A study on the effectiveness of the NDV-induced serum was also conducted in Korea in 2003. According to Dr. Kim Hee-Young, DVM, MS, PhD, the senior researcher for the Korea Animal Blood Bank, that was when he discovered the website about Dr. Sears’ treatment. He reports:

“In 2003, 102 dogs (from 12 vets) were diagnosed by ELISA as Distemper infection. Of them, the 54 dogs (52 %) were recovered completely on the check-up 6 weeks after the Sears treatment. In Korea, the success rate of conventional treatment in cases confirmed as Distemper (ELISA) was usually lower than 8 %.”

Dr. Sears’ serum has been available on the inventory of the Korea Animal Blood Bank since 2004.

Dr. Kim Hee-Young writes:

“We have used Sears plasma (serum) in Distemper cases and found it works wonderful. … But, cases more than 5 days after symptoms or with neurological symptoms did not show any improvements. Some of the vets reported deterioration after injection. Thus, we don’t recommend to use it in cases which had shown distemper symptoms more than 4 days.”

Report on outcomes from dog caregivers

Since December 2008, dog caregivers — owners, fosters and rescuers — have reported the outcomes of 1062 distemper cases to the Save Dogs From Distemper project. Of these, 768 dogs with distemper were treated with an NDV treatment and 541 survived (70 percent survival rate).

This includes:

  • 316 of 383 distemper dogs treated with serum that survived (82 percent).
  • 123 of 160 distemper dogs treated with NDV as an IV injection that survived (76.8 percent)
  • 102 of 225 dogs with neurologic distemper treated with the NDV spinal tap that survived. (45 percent)

There were also 294 cases that were not treated with NDV, of which 69 survived. (23.5 percent.) Also, 64 cases initially thought to be distemper were later diagnosed with a different disease. Of these, 51 dogs lived and 13 died. These were not included in the 1060 cases listed above.

On Nov. 8, 2011, a dog owner from Monterrey, Mexico, reported that her puppy died shortly after being treated with NDV-induced serum. She wrote that before the NDV-serum treatment, another vet had also treated the puppy with a variety of treatments including Zylexis. After the death, the vet told the owner, “It was a shock MAYBE because of the serum mixed with the Zylexis.” Zylexis, which is used to boost the immune system of horses, is not part of Dr. Sears’ protocols.

Additional photos, videos and owner testimonials of dogs successfully treated for canine distemper are available at

If you have additional reports to share with us, please e-mail and we will update these numbers as we receive them.


If anything, the numbers above show that distemper can be a treatable and survivable disease. Even without using NDV, about 23 percent of dogs can survive the initial infection of distemper. However, those dogs that do survive without treatment often have done so through the extraordinary efforts of the owner or caregiver. Such dogs often survive with neurologic problems, damage to teeth, organs and other issues. But these dogs are also at risk to continuing and advancing neurologic problems that may lead to death later on.

The timely use of NDV can greatly increase the odds of survival and limit the damaging effects of the distemper virus. According to caregivers, the overall survival rate for dogs treated with one of the NDV treatments is 70 percent. According to vets, the overall survival rate is 72 percent, but that climbs to 86 percent when considering only those cases treated with the NDV serum before the onset of neural problems.

Our position continues to be that treating with the NDV serum before the dog goes through the sixth day of symptoms is the most advantageous way of treating distemper. The report from Korea recommends treating within four days of symptoms, and that also seems to be a reasonable goal. The sooner a dog can be treated, the better.

As to why these treatments work, our theory is that the NDV causes a reaction within a dog’s immune system that produces a previously unknown material or group of interacting materials, that is able to neutralize the invading virus. However, finding the answer would require extensive scientific research.

The IV injection of NDV does exist as an option for treating distemper if the NDV-induced serum is not available. The NDV vaccine can be acquired and given to a sick dog as an IV injection very quickly. So, many dogs have been saved that way, and it spares the dog owner from an agonizing delay as they would have to persuade a vet to make the NDV-induced serum with a donor dog.

However, the problem with giving the sick dog a straight injection of the NDV is that recovery relies on the animal’s immune system being strong enough to create the needed response to fight the distemper virus.

NDV as an IV injection may save a dog or puppy:

  • If the immune system is intact.
  • If it is older than 12 weeks.
  • If it is not a pure breed known to not have a response to NDV. This should not be the primary way to treat dogs, but might be used if the NDV-induced serum is not available.

If the dog’s immune system is strong enough, this material can be made from the NDV injection and save the animal. If the immune system is too damaged to respond or if the dog is of a breed that does not make the needed response, the straight NDV IV injection will not save the dog.

According to Dr. Sears, breeds that do not have the needed response to NDV include:

  • German shepherds
  • poodles
  • Irish setters
  • Gordon setters
  • English bulldogs
  • Shar Peis.

For puppies younger than 12 weeks, the best option to save them is to use the NDV-induced serum before the neurologic stage of the disease.

It has been with vets who already have the serum on hand that the most success has been seen. The timely diagnosis of distemper in dogs is also critical in saving lives. This is why Dr. Sears came up with a quick and reliable test for distemper by checking the cells of the bladder in what is called a Brush Border Smear.

Dr. Sears was able to save dogs at a rate in the high 90s because he was able to quickly identify distemper cases and treat the dogs before the narrow window of opportunity closed. Similarly, the vet in Houston was able to save a large majority of dogs because of the ability to treat dogs quickly with a readily available source of serum.

However, the use of the serum does not guarantee that a dog will be saved. Distemper often opens up other opportunistic infections such as pneumonia. Vets and caregivers have reported that even though they saw distemper symptoms reverse after NDV treatment, the dog died of pneumonia, another disease or medical problem. Dr. Sears has written a protocol of recommended treatments to give dogs an improved chance of survival.

As to the NDV spinal tap, it does offer some hope for the owner of a distemper dog that has gone into the neurologic stage of the disease. However, the chances of survival are less than 50 percent. For some of these dogs with neurologic distemper, they were saved because the caregivers put in extraordinary effort and intensive nursing care in addition to the NDV spinal tap. So, it exists as a way that can save some dogs. Here are some additional notes from Dr. Sears on measures to take after the NDV spinal tap.

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We invite any reasonable, skeptical inquiries into this report.

Ed Bond
Kind Hearts In Action
Feb. 13, 2016

UPDATE: A study of the NDV spinal tap at Kansas State University has concluded. We await the final results.

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Dachshunds saved from distemper

Here’s a Facebook post we really think everyone should read and watch this video:

From Linda Hendricks, Jan. 27, 2016

“Anya, tested positive for distemper in December after exposure on Nov 10th. (White, with dark spots in the video.) Treated with the NCD spinal tap treatment since she had neurological damage. Today, she is a happy, healthy dachshund in her adoptive home. Dexter, the other dachshund in the video, also showed the same early symptoms that Anya did after being exposed to her in the home. He was treated with the NCD body shots, and the result, although we aren’t 100% that he was infected, are obvious. If he also had distemper, we averted neuro damage, and if he didn’t, no harm was done.”

Thanks to Linda Hendricks for sending us this story and to Casey Toby for sharing the video.

A VIP distemper survivor needs a home

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I first heard about Nilla late on a Friday night in May 2012.

I must admit, even for me, the situation looked bleak.

This beloved border collie belonged to the son of a pastor/farmer in South Dakota. She was already deep into the neurologic stage of distemper, crippled and blind. They were also thousands of miles from the any of the vets who were using the Newcastle Disease Vaccine treatments. Also, it was the beginning of the weekend. Who would be open?

But that did not deter Clark Audiss. With unbridled determination and a deep faith, Clark made phone calls and drove far and wide until he found a source of NDV and a place willing to perform the NDV spinal tap. Nilla was treated at Kansas State Vet School and very quickly recovered her sight. Over the next few months, she began to crawl, to walk, to run and even jump over obstacles. Her case is what inspired the current study of the NDV spinal tap at Kansas State Vet School.

Nilla has been living a good life with the Audiss family. She has occasional bouts of seizures brought on by changes in the weather, but anti-seizure medication helps keep that under control.

However, the family is moving and cannot bring Nilla along. None of the rental opportunities in their new town allow pets.

She needs a home, somewhere with people who will love her and understand her key role in the campaign to save dogs from distemper.  We don’t want to lose track of Nilla. Kansas State would not want to lose track of her either. When she dies, the school would want to study her brain.

If you would like to give Nilla a new home, you can contact Clark Audiss. His contact information is below.


Here is an email from Clark

Hello Ed,

I enjoyed visiting with you yesterday and catching up on the progress made in studying the NDV treatment.  As I mentioned, we have accepted a new position as pastor of a small church and it appears we will be in a rent situation.  Because it is a small town, rent opportunities are very limited and all we have seen currently say “no pets”.  Nilla’s amazing story has touched so many people and we cannot just let her go without knowing she is in a loving home and being well cared for.  I am tearing up as I type these words…, “She is family”!  Thank you for all you have done for Nilla and thank you for offering to help find her a good home.  Jen and I are praying for the day when all the studies and all the research verify what we already know….there is hope and there is a cure!


Clark & Jennifer Audiss

Clark A. Audiss

Evangelism & Discipleship Pastor

Calvary Church

1210 S. Hwy 15, PO Box 549

Milbank, SD 57252


UPDATE: 12/19/2015

Good morning Ed,

We have found a home for Nilla!  She will be staying here in SD with a friend of my wife’s sister.  Thanks for all your help (: