Canine distemper is caused by a Morbillivirus, closely related to the virus causing measles in humans. It is most commonly seen in puppies 3 to 6 months old. Puppies can be infected in-utero when the virus crosses the placental barrier between the mother and fetuses. This often causes abortion or a still-birth. If the puppies survive, they may show signs of central nervous system damage such as tremors, wobbliness, and seizures, which may worsen as the puppy ages.
The distemper virus is very contagious. It is passed from dog to dog through close contact from secretions such as urine, faeces, saliva, etc. It then multiplies and spreads throughout the body, damaging cells from the eyes, lungs, and intestinal tract. It also damages the dog’s immune system and can spread to the nervous system causing further damage.
Symptoms of distemper virus include: anorexia – wasting of body, fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, pneumonia, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also infect the paw pads causing a hard scaley thickening. Damage to the brain and spinal cord causes neurologic signs.
The Distemper Nosode can be given fortnightly to assist the body to release the virus as it comes in contact. If you suspect your dog already has Distemper then please visit your vet for immediately assistance. We have remedies that can be used post vet visit to ensure full recovery from the virus.
Distemper Nosode – use this preventative remedy fortnightly to assist in the avoidance of Distemper.