What is distemper?
- Appetite loss
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Nasal and ocular discharge
- Eye inflammation
- Bacterial infections
- Hardening of the nose tissue and footpads
- Laboured breathing and / or coughing
- Variable neurological symptoms, including paralysis or weakness, twitching muscles, heightened sensitivity to pain or touch, seizures, and uncoordinated movements
There is no cure for distemper. Treatment is all about managing the symptoms and secondary infections that pop up. The potential for a fatal outcome still exists, even with treatment. Your vet will create a plan for treatment based on the symptoms of your pup, but some common options are antibiotics, anticonvulsants, drugs to reduce vomiting, and IV fluids.