Ask the Vet About Canine Distemper in Dogs

Ask the Vet About Canine Distemper in Dogs
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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.

Submit Your Question


Showing 1 - 15 of 73
Page 1 of 5
Date: Sep 3, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: suffering
vet-qa-signature

Question:how long should I let this mom dog suffer? she has been sick for a week, really really sick. we got her temp down with antibiotics, but she hasnt moved for days, just sleeps and sleeps with the babies trying to nurse.... its time right?? I think she wants to go....

Answer:She may just have low calcium, which is very treatable so definitely see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. They can determine if euthanasia is appropriate.

Date: Sep 3, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: new born pups to a mom with distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:Is there any way her pups can survive? the foster dog I have has distemper, pretty sure, now she has 5 newborn. Is there any chance of them making it??

Answer:We so rarely see Distemper in the United States (I have seen one case in 25 years and that was 23 years ago) that it is ideal to consult a veterinarian in your country about the prognosis of the puppies. If you are in the United States, have your veterinarian recheck the mother dog as she probably does not have distemper. Hypocalcemia, which is very treatable and relatively common in nursing mothers, might look like distemper.

Date: Aug 3, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizures
vet-qa-signature

Question:My puppy is having seizures..they only last like 20 seconds

Answer:Definitely go ahead and see your veterinarian - seizures can be caused by many things (Distemper virus, Rabies, toxins, metabolic disorders, etc.) and they are all treated differently and many can be fatal.

Date: Jul 7, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Canine distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:My dog has canine distemper .it recovered from other symptoms but he got seizures and chewgum fits , from a weak he is unable to walk his back legs don't work they are fully paralyzed . What shoul I do . He is eating every thing and he is on medications but his paralysis worsen day by day

Answer:Distemper has basically been all but eradicated in the United States so I am not a good veterinarian to ask - taking him to a veterinarian in your country is probably his best shot. You may also want to try JustAnswer.com - they may have a veterinarian that specializes in Distemper there.

Date: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Epilepsy
vet-qa-signature

Question:My puppy, who is 9-10 weeks old, recently began getting seizures and I don’t know what was the cause of it. What can I do or give to her to stop her seizures?

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her out immediately - there are many potential causes, some of them quite serious (toxins, Distemper, etc.)

Date: Jun 28, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Epilepsy
vet-qa-signature

Question:My dog has epilepsy.It is a small old one year dog .I live in myanmar.There are few veterinarians in our country. Save my dog! My dog has epilepsy just a bout once a month.Thereafter, I have epilepsy three times one a month.Please help me to get rid of my dog's epilepsy. Thank u doctor help me

Answer:Here is a link to our article about treating seizures/epilepsy, with lots of good advice: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/seizures-epilepsy-treatment-dog-cat-38.html

Date: Mar 29, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Treatment for distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:Hi, my 7 year old Rottweiler has contracted distemper. He had a fracture last month and has been under care for a month and not allowed to mix with other pets. He?s been mostly indoors only coming out to eat and excrete so I?m not sure how he contracted distemper. I?ve already given him a course of antibiotics to prevent bacterial infection. He?s very lethargic and is finding it very difficult to stand up especially with his fractured leg. He has mild watery nasal discharge and slightly thicker eye discharge. He has developed very very indistinguishable seizures/twitching. His excretion is fine but sometimes as he?s unable to get up he goes where he is. He?s eating fine and I?m giving him a lot of fluids. What other care can I give him. Please advice.

Answer:Distemper is rare in dog his age, especially if he has had even a few vaccines in his life, but honestly we just don't see distemper over here in the United States so consulting a veterinarian in your country is ideal for better advice.

Date: Mar 8, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Test
vet-qa-signature

Question:Test Question

Answer:Test

Date: Mar 2, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Treatment
vet-qa-signature

Question:How to prevent my dog in distember

Answer:I can't tell exactly what you are asking but if you are asking how to prevent your dog from getting Distemper, the vaccines work really well to prevent (not treat) the virus. There are many kinds of vaccines - you can order them off the internet if you don't have a veterinarian, like this product (this is an entire tray with 25 vaccines) so your one dog wouldn't need this many, but will need booster shots 3 weeks later and maybe more depending on age: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Duramune+Max+5-prod12272.html

Date: Feb 10, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Quality of life
vet-qa-signature

Question:My husband picked up an abandoned puppy on his way home a few weeks ago. When we first got him his eyes were matted and he couldn?t see or walk straight or stay standing. He got better for about a week and then had a day or two where he didn?t take food or water very well and was more lethargic than usual. Fast forward two weeks and his eyes are still getting goopy and progressively cloudy. His back end doesn?t work very well either. He wants to live and tries his best- but if he does have distemper, will his symptoms continue to get worse or can we nurse him through it? And if he does survive what will his quality of life be?

Answer:You really need a clear diagnosis from a veterinarian that has examined the dog before I can give you any kind of useful advice. If you are in the United States, Distemper is very rare. If you are not, definitely consult a veterinarian in your country who sees the virus more often than we do and can give you a better idea about his prognosis.

Date: Jan 24, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Preventing possibility of distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:We live in a very rural setting and have a large number of raccoons and other wildlife in our yard. We will be bringing a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy (8 weeks old) home soon. Last week, we saw raccoon tracks in the snow, my husband saw one in our backyard and our security cameras caught them in the front and backyard and on our decks. I want to make the yard as safe as possible when puppy is outside for potty breaks, play time and training. What is the best way to sanitize the yard? Thank you.

Answer:Oh, distemper is not a very stable virus. You don't really need to do much to the yard. The virus cannot live in the environment for extended periods. Transmission must be by direct contact with fresh secretions. So he would have to come into direct contact with a infected raccoon and honestly, we rarely ever see Distemper in the United States. In 24 years of private practice I have seen it once. Go ahead and get his DHPP (Distemper, Parvo, etc) vaccine if you haven't already and continue his puppies series every 3-4 weeks until he is 4 months old.

Date: Jan 21, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Can dogs recover from distemper?
vet-qa-signature

Question:My daughter's puppy has been diagnosed with distemper. They took her to Ft. Collins to a training hospital (I don't know the name). They have since brought her home. She had severe seizures and many other symptoms. Currently, it seems that she does not hear and is unstable when she walks and incontinent. I assume this is brain damage from the distemper. Is there a chance that her brain can heal or recover?

Answer:Since we really don't see Distemper much in the United States (last case I saw was 23 years ago), asking a veterinarian that specializes in infectious diseases will get you much better advice. Here is a good article about Distemper, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952099

Date: Jan 13, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Distemper treatment
vet-qa-signature

Question:My dog has tested positive for distemper. He has developed a nuerological twitch in his jaw and arm. I know there is no cure for it but is there something I can give him to help with the muscle spasms?

Answer:Since we really don't see Distemper much in the United States (last case I saw was 23 years ago), asking a veterinarian in your country will get you much better advice. Here is a good article about Distemper, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952099

Date: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:I am not sure that my dog has distemper or not but one doctor said that she has distemper but other said this is not sign of distemper she is not able to walk now but she never lost her appetite and never had seizure she is just twitching her upr head area and paralysed i read that paralysis is the last stage of distemper i am giving her neurobion and wysolon tablets daily twice so what should u do i don't know

Answer:We really don't see distemper in the United States, so I am not a good veterinarian to ask - a veterinarian in your country will definitely know more about distemper. Here is a link to a good article about Distemper, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952099

Date: Jan 4, 2020
Category: Distemper
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Distemper
vet-qa-signature

Question:I have 4 dogs, all of them are Aspin. Last December 2019, one of them has this dry cough and I though it was just kernel cough but later, he started having seizures and fever. I just gave him antibiotics and force him to drink water when he's not eating. After a few days, he's jolly and wags his tail again, he started to eat food again. And so I thought it's over but last January 1, my 2 other dogs starts to have this cough again, have seizures and fever, also losses their appetite, My other dog which just survived (I think) still has the cough and still eats few food but no more fever. I googled it and found this viral disease distemper. I don't have enough money to get them to supportive care :( I want to ask if how long could the virus live in my dogs? For now, I'll just give them antibiotics and also I can force them to drink water, they eat sometimes also, but not as much as the normal.

Answer:In the United States, distemper is rare in adult dogs that have received even just a couple of vaccines in their life, so it's probably not that, but here is a good article about distemper, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952099

Showing 1 - 15 of 73
Page 1 of 5