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Ask the Vet About Canine Distemper in Dogs

Canine Distemper in Dogs
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Ask the Vet About Canine Distemper in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 20, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccinated but shows with Distemper

Question:Can a dog diagnosed with Distemper be asymptotic his whole life? He had GI problems but we did not know if it's from the Campylobacter or the Distemper. They tested with Diar He got the vaccine for Distemper.

Answer:That would be very unusual (if I am interpreting what you are saying/asking correctly).

Date: Jun 16, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Does my puppy have distemper?

Question:She plays as a normal puppy would! She eats and drinks regularly! She is up to date on her vaccines. She has mucous diahhera and has a runny nose. Those are 2 symptoms of distemper and immediately raise a red flag. Please help!

Answer:As you can imagine, many things can cause diarrhea and a runny nose, not just Distemper. The fact that she seems to feel fine and has normal energy levels is a strike against Distemper, but it is ideal to have your veterinarian check her out as soon as you can.

Date: May 20, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Repeated seizures

Question:My dog is suffering from repeated chewing gum seizures. I am giving him some medicimes for the same and also habe added multi vitamin syrup to his diet. He is eating properly. The eyes dont lool as they usually appear yo be. No running nose. Temperature was 103 F when i last checked. No diarrhea Is it distemper? He is a pup 44 days old. And has not been vaccinated yet for obvious reasons.

Answer:Bubble gum chewing seizures at that age makes me very worried that it is distemper. Have him checked by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Date: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper even after vaccine

Question:Hi, Dr. Dym. My 1 year old retriever has been diagnosed with canine distemper after about 3 weeks of having it. He went through all the classic phases of distemper. Last week he seemed to have gotten stronger: he ate a lot more (after along period of not having an appetite), he could still stand up, sit up and even walk short distances, his bowels became normal again, and his coughing also stopped. This morning, we found him in a puddle of pee. He can no longer stand up to even answer nature's call. His left leg is also now twitching, as well as his head. He's was vaccinated for distemper when he was about nine weeks old. I know he does not have much of a chance, but is there any way we could save him? I have heard of dogs recover from this before, though they are just a small fraction of the total number of dogs who contract the disease, but maybe there is a way for our dog, too? Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Answer:Distemper is extremely rare here in the United States - I have seen only 2 cases in 22 years of practicing and those cases were over 10 years ago, so you should really work closely with your veterinarian if you are not in the United States - they know possibility and probabilities and treatments concerning Distemper much better than we do. If you are in the United States, then confirm the diagnosis and consider contacting an internal medicine specialist/virologist near you - usually at a university or college of veterinary medicine.

Date: Mar 7, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: is canglob-D effective

Question:Hi good day doctor, My dog was diagnose with distemper through blood smear test her initial sign was cough after the diagnosis I opted for the canglob-D injection and she got 1 shot everyday for 5 days her last canglob shot was today right now she appears fine she plays and eats well and her cough is gone she doesn't have any neuro signs is the canglob-d effective? I have read articles that neuro signs can still manifest even months after the onset of the disease is this true is the canglob-d injection not effective at all?

Answer:We practice in the United States, so we don't see Distemper much at all any more, so none of us carry or have to use Canglob-D much over here, so your veterinarian over there will be the best one to ask. It is like all medications though - they are not going to work on every dog. And Distemper is such an aggressive virus, Canglob-D just probably gives your dog a better fighting chance against it, so it was good that you opted for it.

Date: Feb 26, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper

Question:Hi sir ...my pet distemper viras acct so sir can u help me sujest medicine plz

Answer:Not something that you can treat at home, and/or even diagnose. Your dog needs to have proper workup at local vet to see if any secondary bacterial infections are present and/or other issues, proper diagnoses, etc

Date: Feb 22, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper to human to other dog

Question:Hi doctor, I am a animal rescuer who help stray dogs around my society. I recently had to admit a dog who had sign of distemper.. Initially distemper was ruled out, but when I visited him today, he was in pretty bad shape, getting fit every 20 minutes.. He wasn't able to recognise me and was in hell of pain.. We had to decide to put him down. Now I visited this dog 2-4 times after he contracted distemper.. I used to feed him, put medicine in his mouth and play with him in hospital. After that, I used to wash my hands, go out for dinner and then come back home.. I have my own pet who used to be very curious about my body smell and used to smell and lick me after I reached home. I want to understand, is there a chance that my pet dog can / could have gotten infected by distemper virus? Can the virus somehow survive on my clothes or hands for hours, even after washing (hands), eating food outside and then get transferred to my other canine? I'm very depressed by loss of my stray dog and don't want to take any risk with my own dog.. . My dog is 6 years old, vaccinated adult dog. Any information is much appreciated.. Thanks!

Answer:It is very unlikely that you infected your dog. Distemper isn't very stable outside of their bodies for very long, unlike parvovirus. The vaccine is very effective as well, so even if you did, he should be immune to it.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diatemper dease

Question:Dear Doctor, please help us cause according to our vet doctor my dog experiecing distemper deases, we bring the dog to her and she did some lab test. She found out that the dog has distemper deases, but the second day until third day the dog became a liitle bit strong, she walk, eat, and play. But on the forth day the dog always sleeping, crying. Please help us what we gonna do for he. Please doctor help us. Thank u

Answer:Distemper is a very aggressive disease. It is a virus, so all you can do is try to keep her hydrated (syringe feed water if she can swallow) and try to get some food into her. If you see any yellow discharge from her eyes and nose, she may need some antibiotics from your veterinarian to help with any secondary bacterial infections.

Date: Feb 16, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper.

Question:My 8 week old puppy was diagnosed with distemper. Is she in any kind of pain ? When she lays down all she does is whine. When she is up. She is her normal self. I she is in pain is there anything I can do or give to help with the pain.

Answer:Canine Distemper Virus attacks the nervous system so it is impossible to say if she is on overt pain or just confused and this is why she is whimpering. There are many really good pain medications that you can get from whoever diagnosed her. If the symptoms decrease or go away when you give the pain medications, you can assume she is/was in pain.

Date: Feb 14, 2017
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Adopted a dog from shelter

Question:I adopted a dog from a shelter. He is thin and not much energy. I took him back to the shelter and they gave him meds for kennel cough. He still sneezes, has no appetite, and vomited last night (the chicken and rice i gave him before bed). My question is how do we know it is kennel cough and not distemper? The vet at the clinic said they have not had distemper in a long time and if they did they would know because alot of dogs would get it. Should i get my dog tested? He has been on antibiotics for the kennel cough for 4 days he vomited on the third night.

Answer:Dogs usually cough more than they sneeze from Kennel cough and vomiting isn't a common symptom of either Kennel Cough or Distemper, but it is of Parvovirus. Distemper is, thankfully, a very rare disease so that is unlikely, but still a possibility. Dogs vomit for a long list of reasons - every thing from: the antibiotic may be upsetting his stomach to intestinal parasites to parvovirus. So you really should get him checked out by your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Jul 28, 2016
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Duramune Max 5

Question:We Vaccinated Several Dogs, All Of Different Breeds About A Week Ago And They Are All Now Diagnosed With Distemper. We Have Never Encountered Distemper Before This, Is It Possible That The Live Virus Vaccine Cause Them All To Get Distemper? All Of The Shots Were From The Same Lot Number.

Answer:I Have Seen Occasional Reversion To Virulence From Modified Live Viral Vaccinations. My Friend And Colleague Jean Dodds, Dvm Talks About This All Of The Time, Which You Can Google. Should Be Under Care Of Your Local Vet. Also Consider Consulting With Holistic Vet On This As Well Www.doctordym.com To Learn More. Many Holistic Vets Offer Phone Consultations

Date: Jul 22, 2016
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Residual Distemper

Question:I Am Fostering A Med. Size Dog That Came To Me With Mange & Residual Distemper Neurological Signs (head Bobbing, Seizures, Teeth). is This Dog A Carrier Or Can It Infect Future Foster Dogs I Look After. what About My Yard With Distemper Feces? should I Put Her Down Since She May Never Be Adopted And Risks My Healthy Ones?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Current Signs Due To Distemper. Should Have Vet Recheck And Evaluation For Other Possible Causes Of Current Symptoms In Your Pet As Well As Risks To Others In House

Date: Jun 5, 2016
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper

Question:Well Dr, My Dog Is With Distemper, Are Having Treatment But Is Not Having Much Effect, I Wonder If Dr Have Any Tips Or Treatment That I Can Be Doing. I Thank The Comprehension. Waiting For Answers..

Answer:I Would Not Assume Distemper, As This Is Not Easy Diagnosis. I Am Not Sure What Kind Of Workup Has Been Done Here To Look At Other Possible Issues. If Your Dog Has Distemper Truly, Then I Would Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Internist In Your Area

Date: Feb 12, 2016
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Canine Distemper

Question:Good Evening Sir, My 2 Months Pet Was Not Vaccinated, Now He Is Suffering From Distemper Since 3days, Stop Eating,Moving Etc.antibiotic & Aciloc Injected Since Two Days.sir This Evening He Was Vomiting Onece.sir , It Get Will? What Should I Do ?

Answer:Answered Previously .

Date: Feb 12, 2016
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Canine Distemper

Question:Good Evening Sir, My 2 Months Pet Was Not Vaccinated, Now He Is Suffering From Distemper Since 3days, Stop Eating,Moving Etc.antibiotic & Aciloc Injected Since Two Days.sir This Evening He Was Vomiting Onece.sir , It Get Will? What Should I Do ?

Answer:I Would Return To Local Vet For Exam And Recheck And Possibly Blood Work And X Rays.


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