Canine Distemper Disease is a very serious disease that affects the nervous, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems of a dog or a puppy. Canine Distemper affects many species of wildlife other than dogs and spreads through airborne exposure (such as sneezing or coughing) or by sharing food or water bowls.

Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Eye Discharge (usually clear and water or green and thick)
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Reduced appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Thickened and hardened footpads

If the disease has affected your dog’s nervous system, additional symptoms may occur. These symptoms include:

  • Circling behavior
  • Head-tilt 
  • Muscle twitches
  • Convulsions
  • Jaw-chewing movements and salivation
  • Seizures
  • Partial or complete paralysis

You can prevent your dog from contracting Canine Distemper disease by vaccinating him.  Vaccinating your dog is especially important since there is no known cure for the disease. Puppies require a series of vaccinations starting at six-eight weeks of age. Adult dogs require a vaccine every three years. Keeping up with your dog’s vaccinations is critical in preventing this disease as well as many others. If your dog or puppy has not received his vaccine or if you have any additional questions regarding Canine Distemper disease, contact your local veterinarian.

Whenever you suspect an illness, infection or virus of your dog, please contact your veterinarian.

Recent Articles

Coprophagia, also known as the ever-so pleasant behavior of poop eating. Eating feces is certainly one of a dog’s less endearing habits but it is not abnormal. There are a variety of reasons for this behavior. It is important to consult your veterinarian first to rule out any potential medical problems. However,

As pet obesity becomes more widespread, it is your duty as a responsible pet owner to recognize the signs and prevent your furry friend from becoming overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to your pet’s well-being and overall quality of life. Overweight pets have an increased risk of developing weight-

With the legalized sale of marijuana in Illinois, there has been raised awareness about the impact on animals. There has been limited research on the use of CBD in animals although several veterinary colleges are in the process of conducting research on the effectiveness of CBD to treat symptoms in animals. When

Education and responsible pet ownership are the keys to preventing animal bites. To reduce the chance of you or your child being bitten by an animal, make sure that you both know the basics of canine body language and how to behave appropriately around animals. 

Recognizing Signs of Aggression, Anxiety, and