What is canine distemper virus?
Canine distemper virus is a highly infectious viral disease of dogs which can cause mild signs in some individuals, but may be fatal in others. Whilst vaccination has resulted in a decrease in the incidence of this disease in recent years, outbreaks do still occur.
How do dogs catch distemper?
Distemper can be spread by air transmission (water droplets etc) as well as direct contact with infected dogs, urine or faeces.
What are the signs to look out for?
- Running nose and eyes
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Depression and inappetance
- Hard pads
How do we treat distemper?
There is no specific treatment for canine distemper, although supportive therapy in the form of intravenous fluids are often given to correct the fluid loss due to vomiting and diarrhoea. The best form of protection against this virus is through vaccination.