Distemper In Dogs

Distemper In DogsDistemper in dogs is a highly contagious virus that is spread only by direct contact with the virus particles from secretions by other infected mammals. This is usually from inhalation. There are various degrees of this awful disease, from mild illness to fatality. It’s imperative that you know the signs of distemper, and get the treatment right away if diagnosed as distemper. It might in fact save your dogs live at some point. Even if a dog or other mammal has recovered, for several weeks it will be contagious. Read about the symptoms and treatment here for the sake of your pet and those who love it.

Symptoms and signs of distemper

Puppies younger than four months and canines not vaccinated are extremely susceptible to distemper in dogs. Along with a fever, the following symptoms will strike with distemper. It’s possible for your pet to have a few of these symptoms once distemper is contracted, they go away, and then new ones show up.

Here are some of the symptoms from which he will suffer from distemper:

  • Coughing
  • Loss of energy, lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Inflammation around the eye
  • Hardening of his nose and footpads
  • Loss of appetite
  • Oozing from the nose and eyes
  • Bacterial infections
  • Different degrees of neurological problems

Neurological symptoms from distemper, if they appear at all:

  • Weakness, or even paralysis
  • Lack of coordination
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Seizures
  • Muscle twitches

Diagnosing distemper in dogs

The diagnosis of the presence of distemper in a dog can be a somewhat difficult task for the vet. The signs of any of the symptoms can indeed vary considerably, and sometimes take quite a lot of time to show up. Other infections can pop up, and could potentially show a sign of the presence of the the dreaded distemper disease. Your vet clinic will have to run a number of tests to properly diagnose if it is truly distemper.

The treatment of Distemper

This virus, like any other virus, has no known cure, but can be effectively treated. Sometimes, regrettably, even after treatment a dog will perish. Treatment of distemper in dogs will solely depend on the symptoms displayed.

Prevention of distemper

Vaccination is 100% effective in preventing distemper in dogs. A puppy is ordinarily vaccinated at six weeks old, and then must have a series of vaccinations at regular time intervals, usually every two to six weeks, until the puppy is about four months old. Remember, a vaccination should be done one year later, and then once again at regular intervals. That vaccination is like dog health insurance for your loyal pet.

Distemper in dogs is highly contagious, so it’s important to keep your canine away from strange mammals until all vaccinating is completed. Although there’s no cure for this disease, he can be treated, and have a normal life if you see any of the signs from the list above, and get him to your vet as immediately. May you have many wonderful years ahead with your much loved pet dog.