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Canine Distemper FAQs

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Canine Distemper is one such deadly disease that shouldn’t happen to any pet. In the case, if your dog is affected by Canine Distemper, one must know how to tackle the condition and the effective Homeopathic treatment available to treat it, so that one can prevent their pet from the life threat.

Dr. Niraj Rajpoot, Field Veterinarian

Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine
What are the symptoms of canine distemper in dogs?

Symptoms of canine distemper in dogs include a high rise in temperature 103 to 104 degree Fahrenheit (Diphasic fever), dry nose, congested eyes, occulonasal discharge, pneumonia, loss of appetite, vomition, abdominal pain, etc.

Nervous symptoms include restlessness, excitement, chumpy jaw, excessive salivation and convulsions, epilepsy, chorea (jerky movements of a group of muscles), muscle spasms in lips, cheeks, jaw, head,  neck, and limb muscle.

Cutaneous symptoms like hyperkeratinization of footpads making them hard, the dog experiences difficultly in walking on hard objects leading to lameness.

Does an affected dog recover from distemper?

Recovery from distemper depends upon your dog’s immune response. Distemper is fatal in almost 50% of the cases. Dog’s with weaker immunity and health may not survive. Anti canine distemper serum may be administered as soon as possible to safeguard the life of the patient. Using the  Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine STRESSZA 30ml,  @ 20 drops three times a day also helps a lot.

How does a dog get affected by Canine Distemper?

Distemper is an infectious viral disease. The transmission of the virus is airborne through droplets of secretions and excretions from an infected dog. A healthy dog picks up the infection through these droplets and the disease may be indirectly transmitted through the ingestion of the contaminated food and water.

How common is Canine Distemper?

Distribution of Canine distemper disease is worldwide but because of the widespread successful vaccinations, it is much less common than it used to be in the 1970s.

It is still common in areas where the vaccination rate is not so high and where stray dogs have not cared about.  Even in recovered dogs, the virus is still active and can be transmitted to healthy ones. Vaccination is the only best option to prevent canine distemper virus in healthy dogs.

Puppies and old aged dogs, which are not vaccinated are easily prone to infection of distemper. Homeopathic Veterinary medicine CANASULE No. 1  can be very useful to boost the immunity of your pet to fight against this distemper disease.

Can a vaccinated dog be affected with distemper?

If the immunity and the health status of the dog are very weak or if the vaccination of the dog is not done in a proper with the exact dose or the quality of vaccine is not maintained or the vaccination is not done at the correct age, then your dog is posed to the threat of distemper.

What should we feed a dog affected by distemper?

We must feed a semi-solid soft or liquid diet to the dog suffering from distemper. The balance of water, electrolytes, and probiotics in the body should be maintained by feeding curd. If the dog is unable to eat by itself, assist it by manual feeding with a 20 ml syringe. If the dog is suffering from vomitings and diarrhea then infusion of fluids is a must with the consultation of the doctor.

What care should be provided to a dog suffering from distemper?

As soon as possible isolate the dog from other healthy dogs if you have any.  Immediate fluid therapy, B complex infusion, and vitamin C to boost immunity can help a lot. Timely treatment of neurological symptoms is a must.

Provide good care and comfort to your dog. The animal should be free from ecto and endoparasites. For speedy recovery use Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine Drops STRESSZA 30ml.  @ 20 drops two to three times a day for an adult dog.

How long does an affected dog live with distemper?

In the case of dogs affected with distemper, fever recurs between an interval of 11 -12 days (biphasic fever). The first phase of fever continues for 96 hrs. So, the dog may suffer from distemper for a period of 20 -25 days. If the affected dog is once recovered then it survives for many coming years with some neurological problems like muscular spasms, muscle twitching, etc. If unfortunately, the dog doesn’t recover, then it may die within 10 – 15 days of the illness period.

Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines STRESSZA 30ml  @ 20 drops three times in a day in an adult dog is the best available medicine for better results.

Is distemper worse than a parvoviral infection?

Distemper is a more serious condition than parvoviral infection. Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is common in both diseases, but in the case of distemper, inflammation of the spinal cord, brain, central nervous system, and inflammation of the respiratory and urinary tract epithelium is more severe. So, the health condition of the dog worsens in distemper disease than parvoviral infection.

Do aged dogs need distemper vaccination?

Yes! Even in the aged dogs, distemper vaccination is very much necessary because immunity weakens with the progression of age, which further increases the chances of infection in the aged dogs. Using the Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine CANASULE No. 1 30 ml. @ 20 drops three times a day for an adult dog helps a lot with this condition.

What is the viability of the Distemper virus outside the host?

Distemper virus remains viable at 25 0C for 7 to 8 days and at 4 0C for 7 to 8 weeks.

How painful is distemper to dogs?

Distemper is very painful in dogs. Dogs suffer a lot from the inflammation of the respiratory system, urinary system, and hyperkeratosis thus known by the name hard pad disease. Difficulty in walking that progresses to lameness is common in these dogs.

Can a dog survive distemper without treatment?

A dog infected with the Distemper virus is difficult to survive without treatment. All the conditions of hemorrhagic enteritis, respiratory, and urinary tract infections cause serious secondary bacterial infections that can put a dog’s life at stake.

You can give Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine drops STRESSZA 30 ml @ 20 drops three times in a day for an adult dog.

What are the different stages of distemper?

Distemper progresses in two stages:

In the first stage, symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, nasal and ocular discharge, vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia, hyperkeratosis (hard pad), inflammation of the brain, and spinal cord.

In the second stage, symptoms worsen affecting the central nervous system causing convulsions, fits, head tilt, circling movement, increased salivation, partial or complete paralysis, muscle spasms, and at last death of the dog.

What is the incubation period of distemper?

The incubation period of distemper is 1-2 weeks or 7-14 days.

How do you test for distemper?

We can perform blood tests like CBC. If the test results show lymphopenia, the chance of distemper is high. Lymphopenia is a special clinical finding in distemper. For confirmation, you can perform the Rapigen distemper Ag test by Ag test kit (specimen can be serum, plasma, or the eye mucosa).

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