In our last blog, we wrote about “Hepatitis.” We defined it, listed symptoms and how you can prevent it. If you missed it, you can find it here.
Now we will give you a brief overview of “Distemper.” You can prevent it by using the DHPP vaccine (The DHPP, also referred to as the Distemper/Parvo combo, is a vaccine that protects against four of the most common contagious illnesses. We recommend that dogs receive this vaccination yearly.).
Distemper, simply put, is very contagious and an extremely serious viral illness. It actually doesn’t have a cure.
It is spread through the air, through direct or indirect contact with other animals who carry this virus, as well as body secretions. Certain wildlife animals such as raccoons or skunks can carry it. Ferrets also can. The virus is an immune system attacker, leading to attacking the nervous system. It is very important to get your dog vaccinated to protect him or her against this virus because it is so serious and highly contagious.
Some symptoms of this virus you can watch out for include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fever and/or discharge from the eyes/nose. Squinting of the eyes is often the first sign
A series of tests will be done if you or our vets think your dog may have Distemper. It is easily diagnosed through the use of tests.
Again, there is no known cure so please ensure you have your dog vaccinated for this! Use our coupon page for low cost vaccinations here.
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