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Canine Distemper

What is it?

It is a virus which the respiratory, gastrointestinal, central nervous system and it also affects the conjunctival membranes in the dogs eye.

What are the symptoms?

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Mucus coming out the eyes/nose
  • Fever
  • Lethargic
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite

How would my dog get Distemper?

The virus is passed through urine, blood, and saliva

It has been known that sneezing, and also sharing bowls can also transfer the virus

If you think your dog has Distemper take them to the vet IMMEDIETLY – DO NOT wait.

A dog who isn’t up to date on their vaccines will be more prone to Distemper – so be sure to keep your pup up to date to ensure their health.

The virus can travel to the brain which can cause seizures, shaking and trembling. It will make your dog very week – especially a puppy who is still only a few weeks old.

Distemper can’t be cured, but there are antibiotics and drips the vet would put your dog on to avoid dehydration while your dog builds up their immune system. This will also ward off secondary infections like pneumonia. Some dogs are able to fight off the infection but sadly this is often fatal.

Dogs who do recover from this may have permanent brain damage and may be prone to seizures – both of these could also only show up years later.

 

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