|CANINE DISTEMPER (dhlp-P)|
- The “D” part of the vaccine is for Canine Distemper, a
highly contagious and usually fatal disease. It is caused by the
paramyxovirus and is transmitted by a healthy dog coming into
contact with the discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected
dog. It is also suspected that the Distemper virus can live in
the soil from six months up to a year.
- The first signs of Distemper can be a simple loss of
appetite or a slight, dry cough. Another common sign of the
disease is a thick yellow or green discharge from the eyes
and/or nose. Vomiting and/or diarrhea as well as an increase in
temperature are also possible signs. There are some cases where
these symptoms appear and then disappear with nothing else
happening until suddenly neurological symptoms appear.
- The neurological symptoms will often start with just a
twitching, shivering or even a “chewing gum” like activity.
These mild activities will often turn into full seizures that is
a horrendous sight to see. The convulsions will at first be
sporadic and then progress to non-stop, screaming types of
seizures. Eventually, the seizures will become so bad the heart
stops or the respiratory system fails.
- Unlike many of the canine diseases, Canine Distemper is not
species specific. Dogs, wolves, coyotes, ferrets and raccoons
are all at risk to its deadly power.
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