Canine Distemper: A Disease Way More Fatal Than You Have Ever Thought

How seriously you take the regular diseases of your pet dog – Lightly or very seriously? If you are in the front league, then you must know the fact that the symptoms such as heavy breathing, high fever or diarrhea of your dearest canine can be the sign of some of the fatal diseases such as Canine Distemper.

What is Canine Distemper

It is a contagious disease with no cure known till date. The viral disease affects dogs and various species of wildlife including foxes, skunks and wolves. Not only the dogs, ferret, the most common house pet can also get affected by this virus. This virus is relative to the same group of virus that causes measles in humans. The unvaccinated young puppies and older dogs with weak immune system are prone to this serious viral illness.

Symptoms of Distemper in dogs

The virus spreads through air and direct or indirect contact with an infected animal. It attacks the tonsils of a dog and lymph nodes and replicates itself for a week. Gradually it attacks urogenital, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system. Initially after the infection occurred the dogs starts suffering from high fever, red eyes and a watery discharge from the nose and eyes. Gradually, the infected dog starts feeling lethargic and becomes anorexic. In severe cases, the dog might start coughing, vomiting or even diarrhea might occur. In the worst cases, the virus may affect brain and spinal cord and it may start having attacks of hysteria or paralysis.

Treatment

Sadly, there is no cure available for this disease. So, vets mostly prescribe medicines to alleviate the symptoms. It your dog has become anorexic or has been affected by diarrhea, then the vet might prescribe intravenous supportive fluids. The chance of a dog to survive Canine Distemper depends on the strain of virus and the strength of its immune system. To save your dog from this fatal disease, vets advice for the administration of Nobivac vaccines. It is a modified live virus vaccine for the vaccination of healthy dogs.

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