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Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious and often deadly disease that affects dogs and other members of the Canidae family, such as wolves, foxes, and coyotes. This season, many local animal shelters are seeing a rise in Canine Distemper cases. Some shelters are even limiting dog intakes to prevent the spread of the disease to healthy dogs. This is a stark reminder of the importance of pre-emptive care for our furry friends.

Understanding Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper Virus (CIV) is a viral disease that targets the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of infected animals. The virus is most commonly seen in young puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. However, it can also affect older dogs who have not been properly vaccinated.

CIV spreads through the air and can also be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva, blood, and mucus. It can survive for long periods of time in the environment, making it easy for the disease to spread from one animal to another.

Symptoms of Canine Distemper

Symptoms of Canine Distemper include fever, coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. In severe cases, the virus can cause neurological symptoms such as tremors, seizures, and paralysis. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it is important to contact your veterinarian right away.

Treatment of Canine Distemper

The disease can be difficult to treat, and early intervention is key to improving the chances of recovery. Treatment may include supportive care such as fluids, nutrition, and medications to manage symptoms, as well as antiviral medications to help fight the virus. It is important to note that there is no specific cure for Canine Distemper, and treatment is focused on alleviating symptoms and preventing secondary infections.

Prevention of Canine Distemper

As with most medical concerns, prevention is the best method when dealing with Canine Distemper. One of the most effective ways to prevent the disease is by getting puppies vaccinated at an early age and keeping their vaccinations up to date with annual boosters. This helps to protect your dog from infection and prevents the spread of the disease to other dogs. It is also important to practice good hygiene by regularly cleaning your dog’s environment and avoiding contact with dogs that may be infected.

Take Action

At TCAP, we offer Canine Distemper vaccines (DAPPv) for $10 per vaccine. These vaccines are available on a walk-in basis during TCAP’s Walk-in Vaccine Hours. Protecting your pet from Canine Distemper is important for their health and well-being, and getting vaccinated is the first step in preventing the disease.

Canine Distemper is a serious and potentially deadly disease, but it can be prevented through early vaccination and good hygiene practices. If you suspect that your dog may have Canine Distemper, it is important to contact your veterinarian right away to begin treatment. Remember, prevention is the best method when it comes to protecting your furry friend’s health.

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Understanding Canine Distemper

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