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Distemper in Dogs - Home Detection Tips


Distemper: Spotting This Dog Killer Before it's Too Late

Canine distemper is a devastating disease. It often crops up in seemingly healthy pets without any warning. What's more, distemper often mimics benign problems, like the common cold. This is truly the most insidious aspect of this illness. Sadly, many cases progress to the point where they are no longer treatable before the owner even realizes what's happened.

How to spot the early signs of distemper

First and foremost, understand that distemper can often be diagnosed very early if regular trips to the veterinarian are scheduled and kept. This cannot be stressed enough, especially for new puppies! Because afflictions like distemper most often strike very young pups when they have weaker immune systems, it's crucial that owners visit the vet often in the first few weeks of life. Early diagnosis means a chance to survive distemper.

Owners who suspect distemper, but haven't had the animal seen by a vet yet, can detect it by a couple of signs. First, yellowish-green or dark green discharge from the eyes and nose is a classic symptom. It's often accompanied by sneezing and general lethargy. Unfortunately, many pet owners assume this is just a sign that their dog has contracted a cold or has allergies and they ignore it.

If you remember nothing else about what you read here, remember this: any greenish discharge from the eyes or nose means distemper is a real possibility. RUSH your pet to the vet at the first sign! In most distemper cases, the only chance your puppy or dog has is early detection and aggressive medical therapy.

While distemper can manifest differently from one dog to the next, another hallmark of it is constant shaking or twitching. This happens in the more advanced stages of the disease, when the infected dog's neurological system has been compromised and muscles fire continuously. Unfortunately, by this stage it's rarely treatable and the humane step is euthanasia. Having said that, always get your pet checked out thoroughly to rule out some other condition that may be causing the tremors. You never know. Dogs are like people, in that they are susceptible to a wide range of illnesses and diseases that can share very similar symptoms. Never assume!

It isn't easy for pet owners to prevent diseases as serious as distemper. It's infamous for sneaking up on otherwise healthy puppies. But starting a new puppy out right - with good nutrition and regular visits to the vet for vaccinations and check-ups - will go a long way toward keeping him healthy and disease-free. Know and watch for the signs of distemper and your dog will have a strong ally in you!

John Schwartz is a freelance writer, webmaster, and dog lover. He has written many published articles on subjects that include shopping for dog supplies, improving pet health, and good dog training practices. Please visit my dog supply site for monthly discount pet supplies.


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Nationwide dropping pet insurance for 100,000 - Fox Business
  1. Nationwide dropping pet insurance for 100,000  Fox Business
  2. Nationwide drops pet insurance for 100,000 policyholders  USA TODAY
  3. Nationwide Insurance dropping policies for around 100,000 pets  KIRO Seattle

HFD says Waimanalo home fire results in death of 2 pets - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
HFD says Waimanalo home fire results in death of 2 pets  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Carrie Underwood's Tennessee home catches fire; family and pets unharmed - Fox News
Carrie Underwood's Tennessee home catches fire; family and pets unharmed  Fox News

Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire - Good Morning America
Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire  Good Morning America

West Mifflin council votes down proposed pet limit ordinance - CBS Pittsburgh
West Mifflin council votes down proposed pet limit ordinance  CBS Pittsburgh

West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit - Yahoo! Voices
West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit  Yahoo! Voices

How to navigate the end of your pet's life - The Associated Press
How to navigate the end of your pet's life  The Associated Press

As heat builds across Maine, make sure to protect your pets and animals - WMTW Portland
  1. As heat builds across Maine, make sure to protect your pets and animals  WMTW Portland
  2. Tips to keep pets safe in the heat  WSAZ
  3. CNY record heat wave prompts neighbors to keep pets inside  CNYcentral.com

Concord to allow residents to have chickens as pets following family’s long battle - WSOC Charlotte
Concord to allow residents to have chickens as pets following family’s long battle  WSOC Charlotte

Give a Shelter Pet a Snuggly Summer - countynewscenter.com
Give a Shelter Pet a Snuggly Summer  countynewscenter.com

How hot is too hot for New York City pets? Some tips as the dog days of summer approach. - Gothamist
How hot is too hot for New York City pets? Some tips as the dog days of summer approach.  Gothamist

Over 200 pets found new homes at Best Friends' adoption event - KFSM 5Newsonline
Over 200 pets found new homes at Best Friends' adoption event  KFSM 5Newsonline

Easy Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During 4th of July Fireworks - K945
Easy Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During 4th of July Fireworks  K945

Toledo Humane Society leaders frustrated by the number of calls about pets being left alone in the heat - WTVG
Toledo Humane Society leaders frustrated by the number of calls about pets being left alone in the heat  WTVG

Tips to keep your pets safe during stormy weather - KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi
Tips to keep your pets safe during stormy weather  KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi

Las Vegas pet owner one of 100,000 dropped from Nationwide pet insurance - Fox 5 Las Vegas
Las Vegas pet owner one of 100,000 dropped from Nationwide pet insurance  Fox 5 Las Vegas

San Antonio Pets Alive! to offer free adoption event on Thursday - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! to offer free adoption event on Thursday  KSAT San Antonio

Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets - WMNF
Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets  WMNF

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) - Pima County
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

Family pets killed in Waimanalo house fire - Hawaii News Now
Family pets killed in Waimanalo house fire  Hawaii News Now

Keeping your pets safe in the heat - WNEM
Keeping your pets safe in the heat  WNEM

How ‘Mega' was one SPCA's adoption event? Check out how many pets found homes - NBC Philadelphia
How ‘Mega' was one SPCA's adoption event? Check out how many pets found homes  NBC Philadelphia

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review - Business Insider
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review  Business Insider

Brentwood certified as a 'Better Cities for Pets' until 2027 - williamsonherald.com
Brentwood certified as a 'Better Cities for Pets' until 2027  williamsonherald.com

Love pets? So do the artists in latest arts council exhibit - The Mountaineer
Love pets? So do the artists in latest arts council exhibit  The Mountaineer

Tips to keep pets safe in the heat - WSAZ
Tips to keep pets safe in the heat  WSAZ

Pets of the Week: June 17 - WAKA
Pets of the Week: June 17  WAKA

Augusta pet shelter working on a plan to cut its kill rate - WRDW
Augusta pet shelter working on a plan to cut its kill rate  WRDW

Pets in Fiction by Eliza Knight - BookTrib
Pets in Fiction by Eliza Knight  BookTrib

Northeast Ohio extreme heat: How to keep your pets safe and help those at risk - Cleveland 19 News
Northeast Ohio extreme heat: How to keep your pets safe and help those at risk  Cleveland 19 News

Here's how to keep your pets safe during Pittsburgh's heat wave - CBS Pittsburgh
Here's how to keep your pets safe during Pittsburgh's heat wave  CBS Pittsburgh

My Turn: Pet abandonment is a form of abuse - The Recorder
My Turn: Pet abandonment is a form of abuse  The Recorder

Local humane society offers tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather - WJRT
Local humane society offers tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather  WJRT

Brett the Vet talks microchips for pets - 12news.com KPNX
Brett the Vet talks microchips for pets  12news.com KPNX

Nationwide dropping 100,000 pet policies. Could more companies follow? - WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm
Nationwide dropping 100,000 pet policies. Could more companies follow?  WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

Protecting Children And Pets: The Laws On Hot Car Risks In Cheyenne - Kgab
Protecting Children And Pets: The Laws On Hot Car Risks In Cheyenne  Kgab

140 pets received free spay, neuter services provided by City of Weslaco - KVEO-TV
140 pets received free spay, neuter services provided by City of Weslaco  KVEO-TV

Never leave kids or pets in a car in hot weather - WTRF
Never leave kids or pets in a car in hot weather  WTRF

Giving your pet ice cubes when it's hot outside won't hurt them, and other pet safety tips for extreme heat: VERIFY with ... - WKYC.com
Giving your pet ice cubes when it's hot outside won't hurt them, and other pet safety tips for extreme heat: VERIFY with ...  WKYC.com

Here's how to keep your pets safe during this week's intense heat wave in Maryland - CBS News
Here's how to keep your pets safe during this week's intense heat wave in Maryland  CBS News

Nationwide Insurance drops thousands of pet policies. Here's why | cbs8.com - CBS News 8
Nationwide Insurance drops thousands of pet policies. Here's why | cbs8.com  CBS News 8

Veterinarian gives advice on keeping pets safe in the heat - ABC17News.com
Veterinarian gives advice on keeping pets safe in the heat  ABC17News.com

Heed the heat: Protecting pets, kids, and the elderly from extreme temperatures - Turn to 10
Heed the heat: Protecting pets, kids, and the elderly from extreme temperatures  Turn to 10

Country's largest pet insurance provider drops thousands of pet insurance policies due to spiraling costs in vet care - KPRC Click2Houston
Country's largest pet insurance provider drops thousands of pet insurance policies due to spiraling costs in vet care  KPRC Click2Houston

Separate fires damage homes, destroy Evans shed, kill 4 pets - WRDW
Separate fires damage homes, destroy Evans shed, kill 4 pets  WRDW

Keep people and pets safe during dangerous heat - WCVB Boston
Keep people and pets safe during dangerous heat  WCVB Boston

Pets at risk: Local vet warns of heat dangers as temperatures soar - WJAC Johnstown
Pets at risk: Local vet warns of heat dangers as temperatures soar  WJAC Johnstown

Nationwide is dropping pet insurance coverage for 100,000 animals - WGBA NBC 26 in Green Bay
Nationwide is dropping pet insurance coverage for 100,000 animals  WGBA NBC 26 in Green Bay

Nationwide Pet Insurance Drops 100,000 Policies - RetailWire
Nationwide Pet Insurance Drops 100,000 Policies  RetailWire

Pet Summer Safety Tips | Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe This Summer - The Spokesman Review
Pet Summer Safety Tips | Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe This Summer  The Spokesman Review

Protect your pets in soaring temperatures, high humidity - UpNorthLive.com
Protect your pets in soaring temperatures, high humidity  UpNorthLive.com

Love 4 Pets: June 18, 2024 - KOB.com - KOB 4
Love 4 Pets: June 18, 2024 - KOB.com  KOB 4

Pets Fur People's Pet of the Week | News | jacksonvilleprogress.com - Jacksonville Daily Progress
Pets Fur People's Pet of the Week | News | jacksonvilleprogress.com  Jacksonville Daily Progress

Diphtheria-like illness found in Utah and Colorado pet owners - Axios
Diphtheria-like illness found in Utah and Colorado pet owners  Axios

More than 4,000 additional robotic pets to be given to seniors in New York to combat loneliness - ABC News
More than 4,000 additional robotic pets to be given to seniors in New York to combat loneliness  ABC News

Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire - ABC News
Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire  ABC News

Diamond Pet Foods, Kennelpak expand partnership | PetfoodIndustry - PetfoodIndustry.com
Diamond Pet Foods, Kennelpak expand partnership | PetfoodIndustry  PetfoodIndustry.com

First-Ever California Adopt-a-Pet Day Finds Homes for 3,609 Pets, Nearly Doubles Goal - PR Newswire
First-Ever California Adopt-a-Pet Day Finds Homes for 3,609 Pets, Nearly Doubles Goal  PR Newswire

Expert Tips to Support and Celebrate Aging Pets - AccessWire
Expert Tips to Support and Celebrate Aging Pets  AccessWire

Spare Your Pets From Tragedy By Embarking On Emergency Preparedness - Samantha Laturno
Spare Your Pets From Tragedy By Embarking On Emergency Preparedness  Samantha Laturno

Indiana State Police warns hot cars, kids and pets don’t mix - Daily Journal
Indiana State Police warns hot cars, kids and pets don’t mix  Daily Journal

Keeping your pets cool in extreme temperatures - FOX 47 News Lansing - Jackson
Keeping your pets cool in extreme temperatures  FOX 47 News Lansing - Jackson

Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County, four pets exposed - Abccolumbia.com
Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County, four pets exposed  Abccolumbia.com

Philadelphia heat wave: Here's how to keep your pets safe - FOX 29 Philadelphia
Philadelphia heat wave: Here's how to keep your pets safe  FOX 29 Philadelphia

10 biggest summer health hazards for pets: Expert - Yahoo Canada Shine On
10 biggest summer health hazards for pets: Expert  Yahoo Canada Shine On

How to use 24PetConnect, an online database for lost pets in Dane County - WKOW
How to use 24PetConnect, an online database for lost pets in Dane County  WKOW

Laramie Police: Don't Leave Kids Or Pets In Hot Cars - laramielive.com
Laramie Police: Don't Leave Kids Or Pets In Hot Cars  laramielive.com

15 pets dead after fire fills Iowa City home with carbon monoxide - KGAN TV
15 pets dead after fire fills Iowa City home with carbon monoxide  KGAN TV

Heat wave prompts safety tips for residents and pets - wrde.com
Heat wave prompts safety tips for residents and pets  wrde.com

West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit - WPXI Pittsburgh
West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit  WPXI Pittsburgh

Keeping your pets safe from the incoming heat wave - WLNE-TV (ABC6)
Keeping your pets safe from the incoming heat wave  WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Maine officials offer tips to keep pets safe during extreme heat - WGME
Maine officials offer tips to keep pets safe during extreme heat  WGME

Keeping pets safe in the heat | wnep.com - WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Keeping pets safe in the heat | wnep.com  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Experts give pet safety tips for the heat - WBNG
Experts give pet safety tips for the heat  WBNG

Experts give pet safety tips for the heat - WBNG
Experts give pet safety tips for the heat  WBNG

Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County; four pets exposed - The Post and Courier
Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County; four pets exposed  The Post and Courier

Tips to keep your pets safe during heat wave - PHL17 Philadelphia
Tips to keep your pets safe during heat wave  PHL17 Philadelphia

Keeping children and pets safe during a heat wave - Eyewitness News 3
Keeping children and pets safe during a heat wave  Eyewitness News 3

Nationwide insurance: Thousands of pet owners to lose coverage - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Nationwide insurance: Thousands of pet owners to lose coverage  Daytona Beach News-Journal

Pets could be at risk for heartworm as more mosquitoes show up across valley - KTNV 13 Action News Las Vegas
Pets could be at risk for heartworm as more mosquitoes show up across valley  KTNV 13 Action News Las Vegas

Pets of the Week | Online Features | tampabeacon.com - Tampa Beacon
Pets of the Week | Online Features | tampabeacon.com  Tampa Beacon

June is Pet Preparedness Month | WFIW - WFIW
June is Pet Preparedness Month | WFIW  WFIW

Don't forget to make a plan for your pets when a storm approaches - Wink News
Don't forget to make a plan for your pets when a storm approaches  Wink News

Humane Society provides 'new leash on life' for area pets - Avery Journal Times
Humane Society provides 'new leash on life' for area pets  Avery Journal Times

Pet Parents Left in a Panic After Nationwide Drops 100000 Pet Insurance Policies - The Wildest
Pet Parents Left in a Panic After Nationwide Drops 100000 Pet Insurance Policies  The Wildest

Soak up the sun: Readers share summertime pet photos - Greenfield Daily Reporter
Soak up the sun: Readers share summertime pet photos  Greenfield Daily Reporter

Pet of the Week: Perfect Pisces - WTVY
Pet of the Week: Perfect Pisces  WTVY

Mom Upgrades Deck Just to Make Golden Retriever Smile & Pet Parents Totally Get It - Parade Pets
Mom Upgrades Deck Just to Make Golden Retriever Smile & Pet Parents Totally Get It  Parade Pets

Find out how Ames Pet Food Pantry serves 500 animals a month - Ames Tribune
Find out how Ames Pet Food Pantry serves 500 animals a month  Ames Tribune

Top Pet Insurance Plans: Coverage, Comparisons, and Tips - Business Insider
Top Pet Insurance Plans: Coverage, Comparisons, and Tips  Business Insider

How to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat - WTOL
How to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat  WTOL

Top Multiple-Pet Insurance Plans in 2024: a Guide for Multi-Pet Owners - Business Insider
Top Multiple-Pet Insurance Plans in 2024: a Guide for Multi-Pet Owners  Business Insider

Tips on how to keep pets safe in the heat - FOX 32 Chicago
Tips on how to keep pets safe in the heat  FOX 32 Chicago

Pawsing 4 Pets: Kitty cat chat with Jax Humane & how you can name a kitten - WJXT News4JAX
Pawsing 4 Pets: Kitty cat chat with Jax Humane & how you can name a kitten  WJXT News4JAX

Sweet dog in downtown Dallas window shows power of connection - The Dallas Morning News
Sweet dog in downtown Dallas window shows power of connection  The Dallas Morning News

Nationwide drops coverage of 100000 pets - TheStreet
Nationwide drops coverage of 100000 pets  TheStreet

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer Season - WGN TV Chicago
Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer Season  WGN TV Chicago

Cortland County SPCA Reminding of Dangers to Pets in High Temperatures - X101 Always Classic Local News
Cortland County SPCA Reminding of Dangers to Pets in High Temperatures  X101 Always Classic Local News

How to keep your house pets and farm animals cool during Maine's heat wave - Lewiston Sun Journal
How to keep your house pets and farm animals cool during Maine's heat wave  Lewiston Sun Journal

Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers YOU Can Save a Life - PR Newswire
Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers YOU Can Save a Life  PR Newswire

Clark County Pet of the Week - Springfield News Sun
Clark County Pet of the Week  Springfield News Sun

You Auto Know: Leaving Pets in Car with AC, Loud Clunking Sound - erienewsnow.com
You Auto Know: Leaving Pets in Car with AC, Loud Clunking Sound  erienewsnow.com

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