Early signs of the disease include fever, loss of appetite and a mild conjunctivitis. These signs come and go, as a result pet owners often miss the early phase of the disease.
As it progresses, signs become more serious. They include coughing, breathing difficulties, eye &nose discharges, vomiting , diarrhea, blindness, paralysis and seizures.
There is no specific treatment for distemper. As a result supportive care with antibiotics, and fluids is indicated. The overall prognosis is poor with 50% of dogs that exhibit signs of dying in spite of care, of the dogs that do recover 50% of them are expected to have some form of nervous system complication. Immunization at early age is the cornerstone of preventing this disease.
Disinfection of premises with a dilution of 1.30 bleach will help to reduce spread. .
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