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Canine Distemper (CDV). Presented By: Lindsey Keiser. Canine Distemper:. Is one of the most significant and highly contagious viral diseases of dogs. It also affects raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and weasels. Targets various organ systems at the same time.

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Canine Distemper (CDV)


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    1. Canine Distemper (CDV) Presented By: Lindsey Keiser

    2. Canine Distemper: • Is one of the most significant and highly contagious viral diseases of dogs. • It also affects raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and weasels. • Targets various organ systems at the same time. • It is caused by a paramyxovirus, a type of virus that causes measles in humans and rinderpest in hoofed- animals such as cattle. • There is no cure for canine distemper.

    3. Image: Canine Distemper (paramyxovirus)

    4. Symptoms of Canine Distemper: • Gooey eye and nose discharge • Fever (which often comes and goes unnoticed) • Poor appetite • Coughing and the development of pneumonia • Vomiting and diarrhea • Callusing of the nose and foot pads • Hence why distemper was once called hard pad disease • Seizures • Also tremors, imbalance, limb weakness, brain swelling, increased sensitivity, and partial to complete paralysis • A ”chewing gum” seizure often occurs , that affects the head and makes the animal appear to be chewing gum

    5. Transmission and Infection: • Canine distemper is spread in many ways: • Through exhalation, infected eye and nose secretions, urine, feces, and even food and water that have been exposed. • The virus first enters the lymph system, then the blood and finally effects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogential, and central nervous systems. • The last stage is when symptoms become noticeable.

    6. Prevention of Canine Distemper: • The prevention of CDV is easy. • Distemper vaccination has been available since the 1950s. • Vaccination of young dogs begin as early as 6 weeks of age. • Booster shots are given yearly. • Basic hygiene and sanitation can also kill the virus. • Example-standard disinfectants.

    7. Treatment of Canine Distemper: • Similar to other viral disease there is no direct treatment for canine distemper. • Early detection of the disease is important to increase chances of recovery. • Antibiotic therapy may lessen any detrimental effects of secondary bacteria infections. • Once an animal is infected you can only offer support and hope for the best. • Recovery can be absolute. • However, even with utmost care, lingering signs do appear throughout the animal’s life such as muscle twitching.

    8. So Vaccinate Your Dog!!