Canine Distemper

Image of two puppies laying in the sand.

Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is shed in bodily fluids of infected animals. The virus affects primarily the lungs, intestines, and nervous system.

Symptoms of the infection can include coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, inappetance, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, and encephalitis. Secondary infections can present as discharge from the eyes and/or nose, and pneumonia. Puppies, especially those from shelters, are at the highest risk.

Currently there are no antiviral medications to treat canine distemper. Treatment is aimed at controlling secondary bacterial infections with antibiotics and supportive care as needed. Vaccination aimed at preventing distemper is the best strategy. Puppies should be isolated from other dogs until they have completed their series of vaccinations at 16 weeks of age.

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Thursday:

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Friday:

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Saturday:

Closed

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Closed

Testimonial

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "The vets and nurses at All Pets are wonderful.They give such great care to both my dogs and it's so convenient and less stressful for my pets to be seen at home. The team at All Pets is very professional, kind and friendly and they always follow up with me during the week after they've seen one of my dogs. I consistently feel like everyone at All Pets genuinely cares about the good health and well-being of my beloved dogs."
    -Gayle Embrey, May 2015 Glenwood Springs, CO