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Dog Distemper

Dog Distemper

Herbal canine panleukopenia treatments to help address conditional needs related to canine distemper. 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Dog distemper, also known as canine panleukopenia, is a serious, highly contagious disease, caused by the canine parvovirus. It is spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily secretions such as saliva, mucus, vomit, urine and feces.

Canine distemper can also contracted through contact with infected dogs, their food bowls, bedding and living area; fleas and other insects, and various forms of wildlife such as minks, skunks, raccoons and otters. Unvaccinated dogs, especially puppies, are susceptible to distemper because their immune systems are weak and/or developing.

Signs of canine distemper can vary in severity from very mild to severe. The many signs are not always typical and symptoms may mirror poisoning or that a dog swallowed a foreign object. Because of this, treatment may be delayed or neglected. The first signs you might notice are generalized depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, dehydration, and hanging over the water dish.

The course of the disease may be short and explosive. Advanced cases may cause death within hours. Typically, the sickness may go on for three or four days after the first elevation of body temperature. Fever will fluctuate during the illness and abruptly fall to subnormal levels shortly before death. Other signs in later stages may be diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, and persistent vomiting. Feline distemper is so prevalent and the signs so varied that any sick dog should be taken to a veterinarian for a definite diagnosis.dog

The canine distemper virus is shed in all body secretions and excretions of affected animals. Recovered animals may shed the virus for months. The route of infection is either inhalation or ingestion of infective material by a susceptible host. Canine distemper virus affects all rapidly dividing cells including cells of the intestinal mucosa, bone marrow, and reticulo endothelial system.

Canine distemper usually affects kittens that less than one year of age. However, kittens that are born to affected queens (infected in utero) or infected very shortly after birth may display tremors, have a very high stepping gait, stand with their feet very far apart, or even fall down while standing or walking. The best way to prevent canine distemper is ensuring that your pet receives the distemper vaccination.  

However, dogs of any age may become infected and the risk for developing the disease increases for those living in groups such as feral colonies, boarding and rescue facilities, animal shelters or pet stores. The distemper virus can survive indoors for a year and is also resistant to freezing conditions and disinfectants.

If your household has been exposed to the distemper virus, get rid of everything that dog infected or had contact with. Use a solution of bleach and water during ten minutes to kill the virus.

Dog distemper has the potential to be life-threatening. The virus kills off the white blood cells needed to fight off infection and causes ulceration in the digestive tract. As a result diarrhea and vomiting develops which leads to severe dehydration and secondary bacterial infections. If the virus strikes during pregnancy, the pregnant dog will lose her puppies.

If puppies survive, they may develop cerebella hypoplasia, a disease which affects their central nervous system. Cerebella hypoplasia can also develop because of vaccination during pregnancy. Although dog distemper cannot be cured, vaccinating your dog against this disease and practicing good sanitary habits can make a significant difference.

The symptoms and signs usually emerge within ten days of infection and include:

High fever

Loss of appetite

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Dehydration

Convulsions

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Natural remedies have proven to be highly beneficial in supporting the immune, endocrine, respiratory and digestive systems, and can be used adjunctively as safe, gentle and effective options to help support conditional needs of  distemper, protect against fever, diarrhea, respiratory symptoms and are without the harmful side effects of conventional medications.

While there is no cure for distemper, treatment involves administering certain medications and supportive care, herbal remedies may help relieve flu like symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes, help improve hydration and may help support electrolyte balance, may help increase appetite and energy levels. Herbs are safe and gentle for all life stage animals. 

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, antibiotic, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antimicrobial  and anti-Candidal, is used holistically to help promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by limiting excessive inflammation and histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; helps limit inflammatory pathways in the body; helps relieve wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; helps soothe smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

There are several ways to reduce the risk of your pet developing  distemper and these include

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or an all natural diet without additives, preservatives or colorants

Provide fresh, clean water daily and encourage your pet to drink regularly

Keep your pet healthy and fit by exercising him regularly

Make sure that your pet's vaccinations are updated regularly, especially if you intend breeding, showing or sending your pet to boarding or daycare

Vaccinate pets between 6 and 8 weeks old, and then repeat vaccinations as per your vet’s instructions

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your pet

Maintain a hygienic environment – regularly disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls, sleep area as well as litter box and play areas

Avoid contact between your pets and other strange pets

Strengthen your pet’s immune system with immune-building supplements

Visit your vet regularly for routine check ups to ensure overall health and wellbeing

 Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of distemper is based on the symptoms, your dog's vaccination history and certain laboratory tests. Various tests such as blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, cerebrospinal fluid, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunofluorescence assay may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of canine distemper.

The diagnosis of distemper is based on the symptoms presented and review of your dog's medical history. In order to confirm the diagnosis of distemper, it is necessary to rule out other diseases. Certain tests such as blood tests and taking a fecal sample may be performed to make a positive diagnosis.

While there is no cure for distemper, treatment involves administering certain medications and supportive care to keep your dog well. This is not a condition that can likely be treated at home and your dog should be admitted to a hospital. Antibiotics and intravenous fluids are given to treat "bacterial infections" and help prevent dehydration. 

Keep your dog in a warm, well ventilated area, isolated from any other animals during this period. Feed palatable, easily digestible, high calorie food in small amounts throughout the day. Feeding from the hand may be necessary as your pet may be very weak. 

Remember to give your pet plenty of affection and attention. Research suggests loving devotion may expedite recovery. Make sure that you disinfect your hands and change your clothes before touching any unaffected pets.

Ensure that your pets receive the distemper vaccine. Your vet can provide more specifics but it's generally recommended that pets be vaccinated between 6 to 8 weeks and repeated again at 12 and 16 weeks. 

 

 

 

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