Canine Distemper Bethany John

Viral illness with no known cure. It is found in common house hold pets like ferrets and dogs and wild mammals like skunks, foxes, raccoons, wolves.

Symptoms are; high fever, redness in eyes, and a watery discharge from nose and eyes. An infected dog is lethargic and tired and usually has a loss in appetite. Persistent coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur.

The central nervous system must also be monitored because seizures and other disturbances may occur. A dog's chances for surviving canine distemper will depend on the strain of the virus and the strength of the dog’s immune system. Recovery is entirely possible, although seizures and other fatal disturbances to the central nervous system may occur two to three months after recovery.

If the animal has stopped eating or has diarrhea, supportive fluids may be given. Antibiotics may be prescribed to control the symptoms caused by a secondary bacterial infection.

The best prevention for canine distemper is routine vaccinations and immediate isolation of infected animals. Special care must be taken to protect new-born pups from exposure, since they are especially susceptible to the disease.

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