Distemper In Dogs
Canine distemper is caused by a virus. It is a highly contagious disease in which vaccination is the only way to protect dogs as well as ferrets, raccoons, and skunks. Once symptoms are manifested, the prognosis is poor. There is no cure and it is often fatal. Canine distemper affects several major organs of the body including the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems. The main route of transmission is by direct contact between an infected dog and a susceptible dog. When an infected dog coughs or sneezes, aerosols that contain the virus are released into the air and can travel over short distances to infect other dogs that are unvaccinated.
The symptoms of canine distemper varies because of its ability to affect multiple organs. But the main symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, purulent (thick yellow) nasal and ocular discharge, cough, and neurological symptoms. Dogs that are lucky enough to recover from canine distemper tend to continue displaying muscular twitches and frequent seizures.
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