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Distemper in dogs – the viral infectious disease

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Distemper is a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease that can affect dogs of all ages. The virus is particularly dangerous for puppies, but unvaccinated adult dogs are also at risk. In this article we explain what distemper is, how to recognize the symptoms and what you can do to protect your dog.

What is distemper?

The distemper virus is a paramyxovirus and affects several body systems, including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, as well as the skin. Transmission occurs primarily through direct contact with secretions from infected animals or contaminated objects.

Recognizing the symptoms

Signs of distemper infection are varied and may include fever, eye and nasal discharge, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and, in later stages, neurological symptoms such as seizures or paralysis. Not all infected dogs show all symptoms, and some infections have no apparent signs.

When to go to the vet?

If you notice signs of distemper or unusual behavior in your dog, see a veterinarian immediately. Early detection and treatment can save lives and prevent the spread of the virus.

Treatment and management of distemper

There is no specific treatment for the distemper virus, so veterinary care focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing secondary infections. If severe neurological symptoms occur, special medications or therapies may be necessary.

Prevention is the best protection

The most effective way to protect your dog from distemper is vaccination . Puppies should be vaccinated according to the veterinarian's vaccination schedule, and adult dogs also need regular booster vaccinations.

Long-term consequences and care

If a dog survives distemper, it can suffer long-term health problems, especially if the nervous system has been affected. These dogs may require special care and adapted living conditions.

Conclusion: It is better to be safe than sorry

  • Distemper is a serious viral illness that affects many body systems.
  • A wide range of symptoms can occur, from respiratory to neurological signs.
  • If you suspect distemper, an immediate visit to the vet is essential.
  • Treatment focuses on supporting body functions and managing symptoms.
  • The most important preventive measure is vaccinating your dog according to the veterinary vaccination plan.
  • Surviving dogs can have lasting health consequences and require special attention.

For further information about distemper, its prevention and treatment options, you can contact alphazoo at any time. We support you in ensuring the health and well-being of your dog.

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