Canine distemper symptoms

Canine distemperCanine distemper is a prominent disease that aggravates and penetrates the major organs of a dog’s body. It is invaluable to know how to spot any symptoms of canine distemper and the essential treatment it requires.

This viral infection first attacks one part of a dog’s body and, eventually, spreads all over the rest of the body and should not be taken lightly.

A contagious virus; it quickly spreads around a dog’s bloodstream causing mayhem and damage to the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems.

A young puppy or an adult dog that suffers from a low immune system is more likely to catch this disease. One sign of distemper is when a pet is not his usual self and within a few hours a fever emerges.

Any sign of your dog being unusually hot require a visit to a veterinary surgeon, do not be confused and wait until the normal 24 hours as preferred by a human’s medical doctor.

Puppies and adult dogs with an impaired immune system are more prone to this type of infection. Visible signs of canine distemper include:

  • A high fever with a body temperature up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, (the dog’s skin will be hot when touched)
  • Discharge from a dogs eye’s with inflammation making a dog’s eyes swell up
  • Respiratory Symptoms are a shortness of breath, coughing or a runny nose that is accompanied with a green discharge
  • Not eating his food, including his favourite treats
  • Tremors can occur and jaw movements are impeded
  • Suffering from convulsions, and also has impaired movement when trying to walk

A veterinary surgeon will treat a dog that is diagnosed with canine distemper to improve his immune system. The first thing he will try to do is to lower your pet’s temperature; antibiotics and inflammatory drugs can help to reduce a fever.

A dog that is vomiting can suffer from dehydration; a vet may recommend that you follow up by squirting small amounts of water into your pet’s mouth.