Kimba from Cebu

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We were contacted by Brian Hodgson of Toledo City, Cebu, in the Philippines back in May. Their puppy, Kimba, had been diagnosed with distemper and the vet immediately recommended euthanasia.

“Vet told us to dig a grave. No cure and no chance of survival. …. Is there anything I can do ? I’m not prepared to give up that easily  :(((”

Unfortunately, I had no vets using NDV to recommend in Cebu, but Brian still did not give up on this pup. The only treatment the vet would perform was the euthanasia. They decided to treat the dog on their own. With antiboitics, electrolytes and fluids and a lot of TLC, Kimba made a full recovery.

Not every dog can be saved from distemper, but more are saved when the vets and owners are willing to try.

Brian sent us these pictures this week.

Hooray for Kimba!

Ed Bond

Cookie has been saved

Received from the Philippines on Sept. 25, 2015

Dear Sir,

This is Cookie, our pet who we rescued so many years ago that I dont even remember how old she is. Yesterday, she started coughing/sneezing and seems feverish. She doesn’t repond as fast to our calls and I feel that Cookie while sickshe has distemper. Why? Because just yesterday, her puppy died of distemper alhough we tried all treatments with the Vet. We did all we can to separate and isolate the puppy from Cookie but it seems that we failed.
Because Cookie is a rescued dog, we have no idea what breed or mix she is. Please help. I cannot lose another dog, especially not her. We live in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Please help us save Cookie. She is a family dog, surrounded by cats (who hate or tolerate her) and people (who love her). I know she’s old but please, please, please — I’d appreciate a few more happy, healthy years with her. She is a sweet dog that is very protective of our family and home.
I know I’m rambling. Sorry.
Please help save Cookie wookie.
Mae Calle
PS: She has been bleeding for the past few months but otherwise seemed healthy before this.

Received Oct. 6, 2015

Hope was all I needed but you gave us a miracle. It’s been more than a week since we brought Cookie to Vets in Practice where she received a body shot and today, she is running around, happy & healthy. If I have not seen the devastating effect with our puppy, Mira, then I wouldn’t know know the impact of NDV was to Cookie.
Thank you so much for everything.

Received Oct. 16, 2015

Dear Ed,

I’m so sorry it took so long for me to reply. Now that Cookie is back to her normal self, I’ve been busy catching up on chores we put aside while taking care of her & her puppy.
Anyway, here’s a picture of Cookie last week. I remember coming home one evening and missing her usual exuberant, barking welcome and thinking how I would give much just to see her like that again.CookieBetter Well, guess what? A week after her NDV shot, she started her daily welcome home routine again. So thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your wonderful work!
Please feel free to share my email and her picture on your site.
Have a wonderful day!
You’re very welcome Mae! Thanks so much for sharing your story!
— Ed Bond

Keiko’s tale of survival

Mhica Martinez of the Philippines first contacted us on May 9 through the Save Dogs From Distemper Facebook page about her dog, Keiko, suffering from distemper.

This week, she sent us these pics and videos about his progress. Keiko was treated at Pendragon Animal Health Group:


May 9,2015

Keiko’s First visit to his Vet He was diagnosed with Distemper.

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May 11

On the 3rd day, he arrived home after the injection of NDV serum..








Body is paralyzed. Only eye movement.





First meal on the 3rd day of the disease.




This pic was taken after 3 weeks of the Vaccine.. He can move his tail and body. But he can’t stand and walk. Appetite is good.






Video taken last month. He can’t stand, walk nor move his body. Only his head can move.


This video has just recorded tonight (July 27). Look how happy he was. We just took him to vet to have his 5-in-1 vaccine. The doctor said he can’t believe that Keiko suffered from canine distemper.
I am so happy that he is now a survivor of that disease. I would like to thank you and also Dr. Sears. :-)

God bless you!


I’ve been doing this for more than 7 years, and the message is still the same as when I began:


— Ed Bond

July 29, 2015


Meet Mira, the miracle distemper survivor

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This is Mira — short for miracle — the only one of 6 puppies in a litter to survive distemper. By the time her foster mom, Nikki Brannon, contacted us in May, 2 of the pups had already been euthanized. Another was already having non-stop seizures.

The NDV serum was not able to save 2 of the remaining pups, but Mira survived. She is now “thriving and has no signs of infection. How she escaped the damage I can only attribute to her receiving the medicine on time.” writes Nikki. She goes on to say, “I thank you so much for the information needed to save this baby’s life!!!”

You’re welcome. Distemper is a terrible disease and difficult to beat in even the best of circumstances. Not every dog can be saved, but more are saved when owners and caregivers like Nikki are willing to try. We are always thrilled to hear about any dog surviving this disease. They are a hope for the rest of us, that more dogs can be saved.

Thank you, Nikki, for sharing these photos.

Ed Bond
Received July 3, 2015


November 2, 2015

Hi Ed,
Happy to report that Mira got adopted and is now 7 months old.
She has a front leg tremor and some teeth issues but she is alive and happy!!
Here’s a picture of her then and now!
Still grateful!
Feel free to share on your website!


Hooray for Pinky!


Good evening Mr. Bond:

I have good news! Pinky our dog with distemper is about to finalize his treatment with flying colors! On Monday he was given his 3rd shot of the NCD vaccine. The vet is very happy to see the health improvement of Pinky. His white blood count is down,  his scabby nose and eyes are shining as well as his overall skin, he is very active and eating well. If all continues till next week he will be released once and for all and given a thumbs up of recovery. Once again thank you so much. Pinky is also greatful!!

Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Received June 17, 2015

Feisty distemper survivor living a great life

This week (May 19, 2015) we received this happy update from Sara Matza of Houston about Feisty, a distemper dog we first heard about back in February:

“I contacted you earlier this year regarding Feisty, a homeless man’s dog who contracted distemper. I just want to let you know she miraculously survived thanks to your help and that of those at Westheimer Animal Clinic in Houston Texas. We honestly didn’t know if she would make it even after receiving the serum but so thankfully she did. She is going to remain in my care and is looking at heartworm treatment in the near future now that she is healthy.”

Here is the post from the GoFundMe fundraiser for Fesity:

And here is Feisty today:


Fesity, with her new pal Tipp.

After getting NDV serum and the NDV spinal tap, Fesity does have some continuing twitches, but it doesn’t affect her quality of life. Sara adds:

“She definitely is living a great life and loving it. I don’t think she notices her twitches but I worry about them for her … Tipp is our first dog we rescued him June of last year. Long story short we moved to Texas from California (my boyfriend as seen in the pictures, and I) just actually a few days short of a year. We came with no animals but now have a full house of 2 dogs (Tipp and Feisty) and 4 cats whom Feisty loves too! Feisty loves her brother. They play and wrestle and chew toys all day long together until they are too tired. Then they cuddle together.”

More pics of Feisty and Tipp:










Thanks for this great update, Sara!
— Ed Bond

Message from Istanbul


This is just an example of the how a simple thing like answering an email can have a big impact, even if you don’t find out until much later. This is also why we are always glad to get updates on how your dog’s recovery is going.

Exactly one year ago today, I received this email from Ecem Sümer:

“I live in Istanbul, Turkey. I rescued a dog from shelter 3 days ago but yesterday found out that he has canine distemper. I feed him with Hill’s a/d. If there is a vet in Istanbul that can cure the disease I’ll be really thankful if you send me the contact info. Thank you.”

As a matter of fact, I did know of a vet in Istanbul who has saved many dogs from distemper. I sent her the contact info and all of the key information about fighting the disease, including the usual warning that “We offer hope, not a guarantee.”

I heard nothing more … until November, when I received this message:

“Hello again
I emailed you in January about my canine distemper puppy. You gave me the name of a Turkish vet Sinem Karslı and we went to her clinic. She cured the disease for a very reasonable price in two weeks. My dog is a very healthy dog, no one can notice that he had distemper. There are no symptoms left. He is just as normal as the other dogs. Thank you very much! He could not be here if it weren’t you. We are really grateful. You are doing an incredible job. I came across the email I sent you back then and got really emotional so I want to send another one to thank you :)”

Just today she sent me some pictures of her dog. Here they are.

This just made my day. Thanks so much for writing!

Ed Bond
Jan. 5, 2015

Duke is back to being a hyper puppy

My husband and I recently adopted a mastiff mix puppy from the shelter. He was first diagnosed with parvo, but he survived. He was originally diagnosed with canine cough, but a couple of days later he

duke before

Duke, while suffering from distemper

was diagnosed with pneumonia and distemper. By the point that he was diagnosed, he was already showing neurological symptoms (forehead twitch). He had discharge from the nose and eyes, would not eat, and was not the happy and energetic puppy that we adopted. I was told by my vet that we would need to put the dog down, and that no dogs survive distemper or if they did then they did not really have distemper. However, I refused to believe that nothing could be done for our puppy. I did some research and found Kind Hearts In Action. Luckily I also found a vet that was not far from us that who performed the Newcastle serum and spinal tap. We called on a Friday and they were able to fit us in that Monday, and they even cancelled all of their appointments that day in order to treat our dog.

He had such a hard life all ready, and even though we only had him a few short weeks, he is our baby. I could not let him go without a fight and trying to do all that I could for him.

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Duke, after treatment

By the time of the surgery, he had developed the jaw twitch in addition to the forehead twitch. We knew that he had less then a 50% chance of surviving, but we had to try. He went through the spinal tap with no complications, and was up and walking almost immediately after (with a little swaying and wobbling). It is two weeks later, and he is back to the hyper puppy that he used to be. He has gained all of the weight back that he lost during that period, and he is loving life. Of course he still has the forehead and jaw twitch, but sometimes they lessen and other times they become more noticeable when he is anxious or nervous. If it were not for the Kind in Hearts Action website, then I would never have heard of the serum and saved our puppy.

Rachael Marshall
Killeen, Texas
Received May 28, 2014

Lucky’s good fortune against distemper

Lucky is a 2 1/2 year old beagle, who was diagnosed with distemper after coughing and expelling saliva. Through the blog, “How My Dog Bailey Survived Distemper,” her owner found a vet who treated her with the NDV-induced serum. Recovery took a few days, and her appetite was helped with some corn syrup added to her the drinking water, but today Lucky is a happy, healthy dog.

Thanks to Farrah Payumo for sending in these videos. For more information, go to Kind Hearts In Action’s website at

From Farrah Payumo,
Manilla, The Philippines
Received Oct. 13, 2013

Chopper is now a healthy and happy dog

Chopper is a two-year old Chihuahua/Husky Mix.  When we rescued Chopper on New Year’s Eve, he immediately went into the Emergency Clinic that night.  The vet diagnosed him with distemper, and recommended returning him to the shelter, or putting him down.  There was no way!  Although, we only had him for a few hours, he was completely wrapped around our hearts!

He was admitted into the emergency clinic for a 36-hour stay until our regular vet re-opened after the Holiday.  He was so sick and so sad.  When he saw our regular vet, she agreed…it appeared to be distemper.

I found online, over the weekend and had to at least TRY the NDV to save Chopper.  We were concerned because he started his serum on Day 7.  Three days after the third injection, Chopper was a different dog!  He was full of energy, jumping, and playing with his new sister, Lucy.

Six months later, and Chopper is a healthy and happy dog!  He is full of energy, and brings us so much happiness.  He and his eight-year old sister, Lucy, are best friends.

In addition to distemper, Chopper tested positive for heartworms.  He is SO healthy now, he started Heart-worm Treatment last week (and is recovering with no complications).  Mr. Bond, thank you for your efforts to save so many precious dogs from distemper!  Because of your work, Chopper survived distemper!

Monty G. Broughton
Houston, Texas

Received June 25, 2013