Distemper is a viral disease that can cause fever, coughing, and a build-up of mucus in the nose and throat. It attacks your dog’s respiratory, nervous system, and/or gastrointestinal tract. Although wild animals are the source, it can certainly be transmitted to your pets at home. The virus is spread through the air and by direct/indirect contact with an infected animal.
Causes of Distemper
The most common cause of distemper is coming into contact with an animal who is already carrying the virus. This could be through the air, bedding, utensils, etc. Dogs who are not immunized are at a higher risk of contracting the disease, such as puppies who have not yet been vaccinated and stray dogs. Another way this disease is transferred, although not common, is from improperly attenuated vaccines.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for distemper and many dogs lose their lives to it. If your dog contracts distemper, however, it isn’t necessarily a death sentence. Treatment is aimed at supporting the dog while its immune system fights hard against the virus.
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