Information about distemper disease in dogs
Distemper disease affect body systems of the dog
Distemper is a disease that can affect many body systems of your dog. Your dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems can be affected. The disease is often fatal especially when it strikes young puppies. This article will tell you everything owners need to know regarding canine distemper.
The air is the main mode of transmission of the virus that causes distemper. Dogs that breathe these airborne particles in will become infected. If your dog has been infected, you will shed the virus in his urine and feces. The virus won’t be gone even after the symptoms have gone away. Your dog will keep shedding the virus for a few weeks. After a complete recovery however, the dog will stop shedding the virus.
Symptoms and diagnosis of distemper disease
Various bodily systems can be affected by distemper as mentioned earlier. Vomiting, conjunctivitis, and diarrhea are some of the most common symptoms. It is also common for dog to experience pneumonia or signs of another upper respiratory infection.
Dogs infected with this virus commonly lose their appetite, develop a fever, and experience eye inflammation. If the central nervous system is infected, your dog will experience depression, seizures, and loss of motor skills and mental abilities. If these symptoms occur, it may be assigned that there is something more seriously wrong with your dog.
The vet may have a hard time diagnosing distemper since some of its signs can be caused by other conditions. A laboratory test will need to be done to confirm a diagnosis. A blood test will show that your dog has low white blood cell counts.
Antibiotics may also be given to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Since most dogs experience diarrhea, medications can be given to get rid of it. Your dog will likely need intravenous fluids if the diarrhea lead to dehydration.
Distemper can be prevented using an available vaccine. This is all a part of the routine immunization process. Depending on the specific shot given, your dog may need to receive a booster shot every three years.
It’s important that all owners know about various dog health problems. Recognizing signs quickly that your dog is sick can be very helpful.