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Canine Distemper

Definition

Canine Distemper is a very prevalent, highly contagious disease of dogs caused by a virus.  The virus may be spread by contact with mucous and watery secretions discharged from the eyes and noses of infected dogs.  Infection may also occur from exposure to urine, fecal material, and through the air.

Symptoms

  • Squinting
  • Congestion of the Eyes
  • Eye Discharges
  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Poor Appetite
  • Diarrhea Sometimes May Occur

Diagnoses

Year 2014 2015 2016
Diagnosed Pets 21 17 19

Many dogs that do survive the initial disease will suffer permanent damage to the nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Partial or total paralysis may often result.  Seizures often occur which become more Frequent and severe as the disease progresses.  Most dogs that develop these signs must be euthanized. Cats are not susceptible to Canine Distemper.  The so-called “Cat Distemper” is a different disease caused by a different virus.

Treatment

Treatment is very difficult since the cause is a virus.  There are currently NO drugs available to kill the virus, just as there are no drugs to kill most of the viruses affecting people.  Drugs are used to strengthen the pup’s body to help it fight the virus.  Antibiotics are given to prevent secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia.

Recovery often takes 6-8 weeks before it can be assumed the dog will not be left with any of the permanent damage affecting the brain.  Many dogs appear to respond very well to the initial medications, but then later develop seizures or twitches.

Prevention

Prevention is easily accomplished by proper vaccination beginning when the pup is 6-8 weeks of age.  A series of immunizations must be given to give proper immunity.  Boosters are required to keep proper immunity as an adult.

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Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79912

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Open Close
Tuesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Wednesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Thursday 9am- 5pm 5500 N Desert Blvd
Friday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 11100 Sean Haggerty
Saturday 9:30am- 4pm Pets Barn 1790 Zaragoza
Sunday Closed Closed

Paws N' Hooves Thursday location is currently at our Mesa Clinic from 7:30 am- 5:30pm and will be moving to Pet's Barn at 5500 Desert Blvd from 9-5 pm starting 8/3/17. At that time mobile prices will no longer be honored at Mesa Veterinary Clinic.

*Last sign-in taken 30 minutes before close.

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa El Paso TX, 79912

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am Closed
6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 2:00 pm Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hours 8am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9am- 5pm 8am- 4pm 9:30am- 4pm
Location

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

5500 N Desert Blvd.

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza

*Last sign-in will be taken 30 minutes before closing.