Is your dog having a hard time standing still, sneezing continually or moving erratically? He might be suffering from canine distemper. It is a disease caused by a single-stranded RNA virus. It affects a canine’s respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, central nervous system and the conjunctiva membranes of the eye.
General Symptoms of Canine Distemper
- Continual Sneezing
- Thick mucus discharge from the eyes and nose
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
How can your dog get Canine Distemper?
The disease is highly contagious and can be passed from dog to dog via direct contact with urine, blood or saliva. Sharing water body or food can also cause the virus to travel from one body to another.
When should you see the vet?
If you see any of the above mentioned symptoms in your dog, visit a vet immediately. The disease is highly contagious and the virus spreads quickly. It needs to be treated as soon as possible.
The disease can be diagnosed via certain tests. If the test results are not conclusive, a vet can check for specific symptoms and the health history of the dog.
Which dogs are prone to canine distemper?
Puppies or dogs who have not been vaccinated are vulnerable to his disease. Puppies with a weak immune system are susceptible to various infections and are vulnerable to this virus. If the virus reaches the brain, it will cause seizures, uncontrollable shaking and trembling in the canine.
Currently, there is no medication available that can treat this disease by destroying the virus. There are only supportive care options available as treatment. Veterinarians can put a dog on intravenous fluids to avoid further infection and dehydration, to help build the dog’s immune system. Some dogs survive the infection while for some the disease can be fatal.
If you think your dog is suffering from this disease, take them to your vet immediately. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better chances your dog will have of recovering.
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