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

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: Dec 30, 2015
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible Cat Food Poisoning

Question:Hello, yesterday I Brought Home A 3yr Male, Dsh From A Shelter. He Had Been There Approximately One Month And Had 2 Series Of Heart Worm And A Fractured Tooth That Had Been Extracted. He Had Been Checked Out By Their Vet And Deemed Ok And The Mouth Wound Had Healed. He Was A Shy, Semi-feral That Had Been Neutered And Brought In Off The Streets. He Was Nervous At The Shelter But Went Into The Cat Carrier For Transport To Take Him Hom. I Got Him Home, Confined To A Bathroom With Comforts. After 30 Mins, He Came Out Of The Carrier And Walked A Bit, Hid In A Corner But Seemed Ok. A Little Later, (30 Mins) I Provided Some Wet Food Which He Ate A Small Amount Of. Within 10 Mins He Began Gasping, Dry Heaves. He Staggered A Bit Then Laid Down And Was Clearly Not Doing Well. After Calling The Vets Office They Thought He Was Having An Anxiety Attack. When I Went Back Into The Bathroom, He Was Beginning To Drool, Had Evacuated His Bowls While Laying Down. At This Point, I Call The Vet Again And During The 2 Mins He Cried Out. I Dropped The Phone And He Was Already Nearly Dead. I Rushed Him To The Vet 5 Mins Away And He Was Already Gone. I Am Devastated And Concerned That The Food I Gave Him Was Poisoned. Is There A Place I Can Take The Food For Testing. Any Explanation Is Appreciated. I Also Just Lost My Other 4 Yr Old Male Cat 1 Wk Ago To Almost The Same Scenario And He Was A Healthy, Active Cat. The Shelter Hasn't Returned Any Of My Calls. devasted In Illinois

Answer:I Doubt It Was The Food. He Could Have Been Incubating A Virus From The Shelter Such As Feline Leukemia Virus Or Fiv Or Perhaps Feline Distemper Or Fip. He Also Could Have Had Reaction To Possibly Any Of The Likely Multiple Vaccinations And/or Topical Or Oral Pesticide Meds For Fleas/ Heartworms As Well. I Would Call The Food Company To Make Sure They Have Not Had Problem With This Food, But Likely Not Due To Food Poisoning

Date: Oct 8, 2013
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I've Had Four Dogs Die From The Same Mom

Question:What Could Cause Them To Go Into A Seizer And Not Come Out Of It? They Were Just Fine Then They Stated Seizing And It Last About Any Any Were From 1 Hour To 3 Hour And Then Die .what Could Cause This.we Have Other Dogs From A Driffrent Mom And They Are Doing Just Fine . Its Just The Puppies From The Same Mom.

Answer:Could Be Viral Disease Like Distemper Or Genetic Defect Like Problem With Circulation To Liver Called Liver Shunt, As Well As Toxins/trauma Can Cause Seizures.

Date: Jul 17, 2013
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Distemper

Question:Can A Baby Kitten Get Distemper From A Puppy That We Believe had Distemper? The Puppy Licked It.

Answer:No Dog Distemper Not Contagious To Cats.

Date: Apr 8, 2012
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unstable

Question:I Have Two 14month Old Pups That Seem To Have Have Distemper Symptoms But They Eat Well And Drink,The Mother Stopped Feeding Them At 3 Weeks And Fed The Other 2 ,They Are Soing Fine. They Have Trouble Standing And 1 Cant Walk And I Hand Feed Both,Any Suggestions........... ? I Have Taken Them To A Vet And He Gave Them Antibodies But Not Much Help

Answer:Sounds Like They Need To Be Admitted To Vet Hospital And Started On Iv Fluids And Other Supportive Care.

Date: Sep 25, 2009
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hyper

Question:I Have Two Mini Pitbull They Are Two Years Old And They R Verry Hyper We Try To Let Them Run It Off But That Dont Work We Even Had Got Them A Distemper Shot Is It Common In These Type Of Dogs. Also My Male Dog Likes To Chew His Toe Nails.

Answer:Despite Sometimes Popular Misconceptions, Distemper Shots Dont Have Anything To Do With Temperment Of Dog. Distemper Is A Virus That Is In Measles Virus Family And Can Occasionally Cause Rare Systemic Illnesses Mostly In Younger Pets. Immunity To Distemper Virus Vaccination Lasts For Several Years When Given Over 14-16 Weeks Of Age. As For Hyper Issue, I Would Try And Work With Trainer One On One In Your Home On Behavior Modification. Also Consider Natural Remedies At Same Time Like Be Serene As Well As Composure Available From 1800petmeds. Also Can See Book How To Get Your Dog To Do What You Want By Warren Eckstein, Which Is Wonderful Training Guide Book You Can Get From Www.thepetshow.com


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