Canine Distemper – What Dog Owners Need to Know : Dr.Vivek Saroj, VMO (BVSc & AH, MVSc)

Canine Distemper

Susceptibility:

  • Puppies less than 2 months of age.
  • Puppies born to mothers who were not given vaccination.
  • Young dogs who have not been vaccinated yet.

Your pet is suffering! How can you know?

Initial Symptoms:

  • Watery to pus-like ocular discharge.
  • Fever (Biphasic Fever = Intermittent Fever)
  • Nasal Secretions  
  • Coughing  
  • Lethargy
  • Inappetance  
  • Vomition and Diarrhoea.

Later Symptoms: (Nervous system)

  • Tilting of Head
  • Circling Movement
  • Muscle Twitching(Chorea)
  • Chewing Gum Fits (Convulsions with champing of jaws and salivation)
  • Seizures
  • Partial or Complete Paralysis 

Prevention: (Vaccination)

  • Series of vaccinations to immunize when the immune system has not yet fully developed.
  • Do not break immunization schedule.
  • Avoid contact with infected animals
  • Avoid socializing puppies or unvaccinated pets

Treatment:

Consult to veterinarian.