Canine distempers

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Definition

Canine distempers are a highly contagious disease that primarily affects dogs and other types of carnivores. This medical condition is still considered reasonably common despite decades of vaccinations. The severity of this disease can vary from mild to seriously fatal.

Diagnosis

The presence of the symptoms of canine distempers along with neurological and respiratory signs that are found in an unvaccinated dog can strongly suggest canine distemper. To gain a more definitive diagnosis, conjunctival cells of the dog are usually examined.

Treatment

There is no particular treatment specified to cure canine distemper. However, dogs with canine distemper should be given medical attention by a veterinarian who will usually administer antibiotics as well as intravenous fluids along with so0me nutritional supplements. There are existing vaccines for canine distempers which are mandatory for pets. Infected animals are quarantined and routine cleaning of its living quarters using disinfectants and detergents is advised.

Symptoms and Signs

The most common symptoms of canine distemper include red and dull eyes, diarrhea and vomiting, seizures, loss of energy and appetite, weight loss, nasal discharges, fever and photophobia. Coughing and shivering may also be observed as well as the thickening of the footpads.

Causes

Canine distemper is mainly caused by a virus that attacks wolves, foxes, coyotes and of course, dogs. Years ago, distemper was thought to be a result of contaminated food, neglect, and poorly ventilated kennels. However, studies have shown that is actually spread through a virus that is shed by bodily secretions of the infected animals and is usually caught through inhalation. Dogs often catch distemper through sniffing the excrement of other animals, drinking and eating from an infected dish, and exposure to infected animals.

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