Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and nervous of puppies and dogs.
This virus also infects wild animals such as foxes, raccoons, skunks, wolves, coyotes and ferrets. It is very important that you keep your dogs away from other wildlife to prevent the virus.
What causes canine distemper?
The disease is transmitted to the exposure of airborne virus particles in respiratory secretions of dogs and puppies. Outbreaks of canine distemper tend to be sporadic. Dogs six months or less that have not been immunized are at an increased risk of developing this infection.
Diagnosis of the disease
The diagnosis of canine distemper is based on symptoms, history of vaccination of your dog and certain lab tests. Several tests such as blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, cerebrospinal fluid, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunofluorescence assay can be performed to confirm the diagnosis of canine distemper.
Symptoms and signs of canine distemper
The symptoms and signs of illness include:
- Download the eye (watery initially and then as pus)
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of appetite
In advanced stages, paralysis, twitching, partial or full can occur if the virus attacks the nervous system.
Aid for canine distemper
The best way to prevent canine distemper is ensuring that your puppy or dog receives vaccination against the disease. Puppies that have not been immunized are more prone to viral infections because their immune systems are still weak. Treatment usually involves treating secondary infections, as there are medications available to kill this particular virus.
Medications used to control symptoms, and intravenous fluids can be administered. Once you have brought home their dog, avoid contact with other dogs, keep warm and provide good supportive care. It is vital that hygiene is maintained to avoid transferring the infection to other dogs.
The natural and holistic remedies have also proved highly beneficial in supporting immune systems, respiratory and digestive. These natural remedies are safe and gentle to use for your pet without the harmful side effects of conventional medications.
One of the most popular herbs such as Echinacea purpurea helps support the immune system. The homeopathic ingredients such as Bryonia Distemperinum and support the immune systems, respiratory and digestive keeping the chest, helping the digestive system function and maintain body temperature within normal range.