Monday, June 17, 2024

Dogs with Canine Distemper Virus (CDV): Symptoms, Treatment, and Care

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Greetings, fellow dog lovers! We all adore our furry friends, especially our playful puppies. However, your gentle 3–4-month-old pup can be vulnerable to several dangerous diseases. Factors such as eating waste, improper hygiene, and missed vaccinations significantly increase the risk of Dogs with Canine Distemper Virus (CDV).

Today, let’s discuss the second most common dog epidemic: Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). Having navigated this challenging journey with my own dog, Ruby, and several stray pups, I can guide you through understanding and managing this disease. Here’s what you need to know about CDV: symptoms, treatment, and maintaining quality of life for your dog.

Recognizing Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper Virus is highly contagious. Your puppy might contract it by ingesting contaminated materials during a park visit or coming into contact with infected animals. Once infected, your dog may start showing symptoms within 3-5 days:

  • Fever
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Purulent eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

These symptoms can indicate CDV or other diseases. If you observe any of these signs, take your puppy to a veterinary clinic immediately. A blood test, costing around 80 Rupees, can confirm the diagnosis and determine the next steps for treatment. Regular blood tests are essential to detect unexpected illnesses early.

Confirming and Treating CDV

If your veterinarian confirms that your puppy has CDV, it’s crucial to act swiftly. CDV weakens the immune system, so prompt treatment is vital. Your vet will likely recommend broad-spectrum antibiotics, preferably injections, and glucose drips to prevent dehydration.

Additionally, consider these proven tips:

Immunity Boosters: Medications like Himalaya Immunol can strengthen your pup’s immune system against common colds and other illnesses.
Vitamin C: High doses of Vitamin C (10mg tablets, five times a day) can significantly aid in recovery. My experience has shown its positive impact on CDV-infected dogs.
Ayurvedic Medicines: Consult with your vet about using ayurvedic treatments. The staff at LUVAS-Hisar recommended Distempex (Link Here) for CDV, FEBROVET for fever, DIAROCIN for diarrhoea, and BRONCHOVET for coughing.

Avoid using human cough medicines for puppies.

If financially feasible, inquire about the Newcastle Vaccine. Although it’s not always effective, it can sometimes help. Share your experiences with this treatment in the comments below.

Home Care and Recovery

Since your dog has active CDV, it’s essential to isolate them from other animals. Make them comfortable at home and adhere strictly to the prescribed medication regimen. Be prepared for a tough battle, and remember that recovery is possible.

After Beating CDV

If your pup survives CDV, their long-term health will depend on the severity of the infection and their immune response. Some dogs might experience lasting effects like neurological impairments, blindness, or dental erosion, while others may recover completely and live healthy lives. My dog Ruby, despite her neurological issues, has enjoyed seven happy years post-recovery.

ruby the good dog

Support and Community

Whatever happens, remember that your dog can pull through, and so can you. If you’re struggling, don’t abandon your sick pup. Many organizations can provide care and support. Feel free to reach out or comment below for assistance.

Best wishes and good luck on your journey to help your furry friend recover from CDV.

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