Sr Brown was the one who was the perkiest of the Subang-Selayang lot. He was tested distemper positive two weeks ago, but displayed no symptoms except for diarrhoea which was monitored and kept under control through diet.
Two days ago, he started having nasal congestion, and yesterday, he became very pale and came down very fast.
The vets suspect that he not only had distemper but also tick fever, which caused anaemia.
The treatment for distemper and tick fever are different, so when Sr Brown started showing paleness he was treated for anaemia. It was then that the distemper flared up and he finally died of distemper-related causes.
Puppies that come from the pound are afflicted with all kind of diseases, and their age and immature immune system are no help. Their mortality rate is high.
We know the vets have tried their very best and so have we.