Canine distemper is an extremely contagious infection that is caused by a virus. While it mostly occur in dogs, skunks, ferrets, raccoon and some other species can also be affected by the viral infection. The main route by which the infection is spread from one dog to the next is primarily by direct contact. Coughing in infected dogs releases the virus through airborne aerosols. Also, their nasal discharge is filled with the causative virus. Aside from coughing and nasal discharge, dogs with canine distemper may have fever, appetite loss, and seizures. There may also be eye discharges that are thick yellow in appearance. The best way to protect your pet dog from canine distemper is to have him vaccinated. The vaccine is given in a series of injections that start when they are about 5 weeks of age. Annual revaccination is very important to sustain and preserve the dog’s protection against distemper.
Don’t hesitate to talk to your veterinarian Glendale, AZ about any concerns or issues you may have about your pet.