Alert for dog owners: epidemic of distemper
January 15, 2024
Bringing to light that dog owners are on high alert for lethal canine distemper epidemics in the laid-back, pet-friendly Dubai.
Veterinarians concurred that the number of cases in the UAE have suddenly increased. Recent reports from veterinarians and pet owners stated that precautionary measures should be given high priority since some dogs have perished and many have contracted an infection.
A virus that targets the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems of puppies and dogs is the source of the infectious and dangerous disease known as canine distemper.It is a viral disease that is very contagious and frequently lethal.
Puppies under the age of four months are considered to be at high danger. The canine’s immunity is a vulnerability for distemper.
Unvaccinated dogs and immunocompromised pets are at risk. Big dogs have a 50% probability of surviving. About 20% of puppies and medium-sized dogs have a chance of surviving.
The signs of distemper
- Pus like eye and nasal discharge
- feverish cough and watery discharge
- Decreased appetite and drowsiness
- Such as balance issues when walking and seizures
- Ticks, nauseous tremors, and vomiting
- A lack of immunity and a dubious strategy
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Bacterial infections that are secondary
Treatments and precautions
Since there is no therapy for the distemper virus, care must be taken to minimize its symptoms and any secondary infections. Canine distemper must be prevented through vaccination. Supportive care, the management of neurologic symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, and the provision of fluids are the usual components of treatment.
- Ensure that dogs have undergone an intermediate immunity cross-check.
- Keep in mind the proper vaccines for the same
- Stay away from people.
- Booster shots over time
- Make sure the dogs are separated to prevent direct contact with bodily fluids and saliva transfer
- Antibiotics and other drugs to treat secondary infections and pneumonia
- As soon as you see any symptoms, isolate the dogs.
- Drinking water to prevent dehydration Taking medicine to stop vomiting
- Seizures are treated with anticonvulsants.
- If any symptoms are discovered, take your pet dogs right away to the vet.
- Dogs should be properly groomed with an intermediate focus on hygiene by professional and knowledgeable pet groomers in Dubai.
The diagnosis can be confirmed by a number of laboratory tests, including blood and smear testing. Some of these tests may also be used to rule out other infections.
Canine distemper disease is a condition from which one can fully recover. The likelihood of recovery is typically influenced by the immune system and distemper strain that the dog has contracted. For a full recovery, up to two months may pass.