Distemper can not be cured and it takes the lives of a good percentages dogs who are unfortunate enough to come into contact with this virus. Some dogs however develop proper immunity and they can live a normal life.
The virus spreads mostly through feces and saliva. It’s air-born and also highly contagious. Although not harmful to humans,(asymptomatic) the disease can be contracted by people who do not have basic vaccinations for Measles, etc.
Now here’s the concern. Can I let kids pet my dog? Can I let anyone pet my dog or come to my house without a disclaimer of some sort?
The other other concern is for the other dogs. Picking up the poop goes without saying but what if stray dogs want to sniff out my dog when we’re out for a walk? Should I avoid any contact with other dogs?