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This popular video, made viral by BBC, shows a stray dog in the street supposedly bobbing up and down to some music playing nearby. But is he really dancing, or is he sick?

Some who have seen this video think that this poor dog may be suffering from canine distemper, a condition that might compel the dog to involuntarily twitch. Sometimes this involves just one muscle, sometimes entire groups of muscles. This dog, unfortunately, looks like he’s just dancing to music to the untrained eye. But in actuality, he just may not have control of his motor skills.

In adult dogs, the death rate for canine distemper is less than 50 percent, which is still pretty high. The death rate for puppies, however, is even higher — veterinarians put the number at 80 percent. Visible symptoms that mark the beginning of the virus include loss of appetite, a fever, a runny nose and eye discharge.

If you think your dog or a dog you know might have distemper, the best thing you can do is to call your dog’s veterinarian or a local animal rescue shelter who can take them in and treat this horrible disease.

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5 Months Ago

This little dog is not suffering from distemper. This dog is scratching on the curb/wall behind him. His movements are not involuntary. He is in total control.
There are plenty of videos on youtube, showing pet dogs, doing the same thing, to music.
He\'s not dancing, but he\'s not sick either.

20 Oct 2017

Thanks for that. I looked and saw there are other videos with dogs dancing the same way. At first I thought the video was funny and then after reading comments that he might have been sick, I got upset; but now I see that you are right.

Andie Cully
11 Months Ago

Does anybody know what happened to the poor thing?

Tracey Jex Pearce
11 Months Ago

Poor little boy :-(

Lauren Butcher
11 Months Ago

Good to know about distemper. And did someone do something for this poor dog besides video it? Like maybe rescue it?

Jan McCusker
11 Months Ago

Is anyone helping this poor dog get treatment? Has he been rescued?


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