Dog Distemper

Dog distemper is a very serious viral disease which usually affects puppies between the ages of three and six months, and elderly or infirmed dogs and other animals.

Distemper in dogs is highly contagious and caused by airborne exposure to respiratory secretions of animals infected by the virus. It can be lethal without treatment, attacking the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Early signs include puss-like eye discharge, fever, coughing, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. In later stages, canine distemper virus could cause seizures, twitching and even paralysis.

How is the condition usually prevented and/or treated?

According to most veterinarians, 50% of pets that are infected with canine distemper will not survive, while those that do will have permanent problems such as deformities and digestive disorders. Canine distemper and seizures are very common as well.

To prevent the illness from occurring, pets are vaccinated throughout their lives. There is no cure for the disease, and conventional means merely temper symptoms and keep the dog from developing more serious complications.

Please note you should always consult with your veterinarian before deciding on a treatment to relieve distemper in dogs. He or she will help you decide on what is the best solution for your pet

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