Distemper in Dogs – Prevent your Pekingese Contracting this Disease!

 


Distemper in Dogs – Prevent your Pekingese Contracting this Disease!

Distemper in dogs is a contagious and serious viral disease with no known cure. This kind of disease affects dogs, wolves, raccoons, skunks and foxes. The ferret is the known carrier of this virus. Canine distemper is relative to measles virus in humans. Unvaccinated puppies and unimmunized adult dogs are susceptible to this disease.

The virus is airborne and direct or indirect contact with the infected animal initially attacks your pekingese’s lymph nodes and tonsils and replicates itself in these area for a week. After that, it would attack the urogenital, respiratory, nervous and gastrointestinal systems.

The major symptoms of canine distemper are: high fever, red eyes, watery discharge from eyes and nose. The infected pekingese will then become lethargic and tired and anorexic. There would be persistent vomiting, cough and diarrhea. Late stages would include seizures, fits, hysteria and paralysis.

This illness can be acquired from improper attenuated vaccines, though this is very rare. Bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal or respiratory systems would increase your peke’s susceptibility to the illness. A non-immunized pooch that would come in contact with an infected dog is also a risk of developing the disease.

Distemper in Dogs

Distemper is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus similar to the one that causes measles in people. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in dogs, although in the United States it occurs only sporadically. All unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of infection.

Infected animals shed canine distemper virus in all body secretions. Inhaling the virus is the primary source of exposure. The highest incidence of the disease occurs in unvaccinated puppies 6 to 12 weeks of age, at which time maternal antibodies fall below protective levels.

Source: Web MD, http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/distemper-symptoms-treatments-dogs

Treatment

  • Warm and clean environment
  • Maintaining hygiene, keeping the eyes and nose free from discharge
  • Medications (anti-diarrheal, anti-emetic, antibiotics, bronchodilators, anticonvulsant)
  • Hydration
  • Restoration of teeth enamel in puppies

Prevention

  • Vaccination (yearly for prevention)
  • Isolate the infected dog to prevent spreading of the disease
  • Keep the contaminated area clean

Distemper in dogs can be easily prevented with a puppy immunization and yearly vaccination. This precautionary method can save both owner and dog premature heartache and pain.

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