Canine distemper is an acute and highly contagious disease caused by canine distemper virus. It is characterized by an increase in biphasic body temperature, leukopenia, acute catarrhal airway inflammation, severe gastroenteritis, and encephalitis.
Symptoms of Dog Distemper
The distemper virus affects many body systems. The most common signs are nasal and eye secretions, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and seizures. Dogs with mild infections may only cough, while some may get pneumonia. Puppies’ nose and foot pads may become thickened, so it is also called “hard pad disease”.
1. Dispirited and Loss of Appetite: One of the initial symptoms with dog distemper is lack of energy and having little appetite. Even if it is a food that he usually like to eat, the dog will just smell it go away. So the dog will slim down very fast.
2. Increased Body Temperature: Dogs with dog distemper will have an increase in body temperature, because the dog’s body temperature will be higher than that of a person. The general body temperature is around 38 degrees, but dogs suffering from canine distemper The body temperature will always be maintained at around 40 degrees, and even if the fever-reducing medicine is taken, the fever will remain high.
3. Nasal and eye secretions, vomiting and diarrhea: This symptom is similar to the cold symptom, so many inexperienced friends will think that it is just a common cold, and serious cases will delay the dog’s condition.
4. Infection of other organs, Convulsions, Vomitting: This is actually a late feature of distemper. This feature is a bit like dog poisoning. If the dog appears the condition like this, it is basically less likely to be treated.
How to prevent the dog distemper?
1. Timely Vaccination: For those who know canine distemper, it may seem terrible, but it is actually preventable, especially during puppies. Vaccine should be injected regularly.
2. Try to strictly control the actions of dogs, do not let your dogs contact the stray dogs, and try not to eat food outside, so as to partially reduce the probability of canine distemper.
3. Back home after going out, it is best to bring your dog to wash his feet! You also need to clean house and disinfection regularly, especially furniture and floor! Open more windows to let dog have sunbathe, which is natural and pollution-free economical and safe antivirus tool!
4. If the dog is already suffering from canine distemper, you should also take your dog to be injected with high-immune serum in time, which can partially remove the virus from the dog’s body and determine the daily injection to the dog according to the degree of the dog’s illness under the doctor’s instructions.
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