What is Canine Distemper?
Canine Distemper, as the name suggests, is a disease of the domestic and wild animals like Dogs, Foxes, Pandas, and Cats. It is caused by the Canine Distemper Virus and is almost fatal after becoming full-blown.
The virus affects several body organ systems. The most common is the stomach and intestines, thus the digestive system. The nerves and spinal cord can also be affected because of the virus.
The major signs that an animal may be affected by Canine Distemper Virus are the hardened footpads and nose.
The animal may suffer from inflammation of the eye, difficult breathing, accompanying infections, and other neurological symptoms.
Can my pet survive from Canine Distemper?
With the advent of vaccination, the intensity of concerns in a pet has decreased, although they have not gone away completely. There could be multiple concerns with thickening of paws, thickening of the nose, some times accompanied by difficult breathing, and hypoplasia of bodily parts. There can be body-wide degeneration of the nerve system. The responses of the pet can become largely diminished due to the viral infection.
Can humans be affected by Canine Distemper Virus?
No, Canine Distemper Virus does not cause any diseases in humans. But it is a close relative to the viruses that cause Measles.
What is the vaccine available?
There are various vaccines available which have to be given 5 to 6 doses on it.
Treatment for Canine Distemper
The infection by the virus is almost fatal. Although if we understand the suffering of the pet, symptomatic treatment can be given.
The virus brings in a lot of pain along with nerve inflammation. The pet suffers majorly because of the pain and most of the time become immobile.
The virus multiplies within the animal and passes on through saliva and stool.
Nutritional Support: Supportive treatment like electrolyte balancing with IV lines, multivitamin shots are given. These help to provide energy and fluid uptake.
Medication: There is not much medication that can be given to the pet apart from analgesics and anti-convulsants. There is no proven anti-viral medicine that can prevent or reverse the virus load.
Traditional and Natural Medication: Traditional and Natural Medication focuses on improving the immune system of the pet. Herbs like Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Vitamin A, C, and E are suggested for the pet.
Natural supplements: Aloe Vera, Licorice, Sage, Ginger extracts can be given to the pet to help improve overall health.
Homeopathy: When you visit a Homeopath, they will understand the expressions of the pet and also the main concerns. On the basis of both, the Homeopath will prescribe a few medicines together. Some of the Homeopathic medicines are Natrum Mur, Pulsatilla, Hydrastis Canadensis, Arsenicum, Psorinum, Rhus Tox, and Rhododendron.
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