Dog Distemper Disease
What is It?
Dog Distemper, or Canine Distemper Virus
(CDV), is a
viral respiratory disease, similar to the human measles virus.
transmitted via airborne viral particles and can spread when dogs
breathe or cough on each other. Primarily an aerosol infection,
distemper in dogs can
also spread through eye and nose discharge, or from contaminated food
Distemper in puppies can be very dangerous.
months of age, puppies are most susceptible,
and more likely to succumb to the disease than adult dogs. Rin
Tin Tin lost his littermate Nanette to the illness.
Symptoms of Distemper Disease
The first signs of dog distemper are
normally a runny
fever and loss of appetite. These initial symptoms may last for only a
day or two. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more noticeable
The virus spreads rapidly within the body
and can infect
all lymph organs within 2-5 days. In the next few days, it spreads to
the blood (viremia).
At this point, the lining (epithelium) of
nervous, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems become
infected, causing the noticeable symptoms.
- Depletion of white blood cells
- Eye discharge/problems/redness
- Eye problems
- Fever (103-106F)
- Hardening of foot pads
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle tremors
- Runny nose
- Spasmodic muscle jerks (myoclonus)
- Thickened nose pad
- Unusual tooth enamel
CDV can progress to brain damage.
infected dogs will not become seriously ill. But, about half of those
that do will eventually succumb to the disease.
Puppies and immune-suppressed dogs are not
the only ones
that can contract the virus. Also at risk are:
- Civet Cats
- Large zoo cats
There is no traditional cure. Other than
care, conventional medicine cannot offer any options.
Prevention - Distemper Vaccine
CDV is the "D" in DHLPP. Puppy
shots include a vaccination for distemper.
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