Plague in dogs (colloquially, chumka) is a viral disease accompanied by fever, lesions of the skin (eczema), lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system and pneumonia.
Dogs can get infected at any age, but more often puppies get sick. Dog distemper is the most dangerous disease caused by the morbillivirus carre. In the spring, the virus is activated.
Discomfort in dogs
It is very likely that your dog has a plague if the following symptoms are observed:
- In the first days, spilled red spots (rash) appear on hairless skin areas, the body temperature rises to 39.5 - 40 ° C. The dog is depressed, hides from the light, refuses to feed. Puppies may have vomiting, diarrhea.
- The nasal mirror is dry, the skin on the nose and paw pads are cracked, dry crusts appear. 3-4 days after the onset of the disease, serous outflows from the eyes appear, then these outflows become purulent.
- Simultaneously with conjunctivitis, rhinitis develops: purulent outflows are released from the nasal cavity and nostrils stick together. The dog loses weight dramatically. Symptoms of damage to the nervous system appear on the 18th - 21st day of the disease in the form of convulsive contractions of the masticatory muscles, other muscles of the head and limbs.
- There may be anxiety that goes into epileptic seizures. Sometimes there is paresis, and then complete paralysis of the hind limbs.
The disease can last from four weeks to 3-4 months. More often the outcome of the disease is unfavorable and ends with the death of the animal.
Dog Distemper - Treatment
Drugs for the treatment of distemper have no dogstherefore it is necessary to make the necessary vaccinations. The susceptibility of dogs to the plague depends on the breed: boxers, terriers, Airedale terriers are more resistant; less resistant sheep dogs, huskies, hunting dogs. Infected animals, as a rule, through contact with patients, through various objects, including objects of care.
Rodents, insects can be carriers of the plague virus. A person can also carry the virus on clothes and shoes. That's why you need to be careful if you were in a house where a dog is sick.
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