Canine distemper affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, immune, and central nervous systems. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to show up after exposure.
Signs and symptoms of canine distemper include:
- Nasal discharge
- Eye discharge
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Thickening of nose and foot pads
- Skin sores
Canine distemper may also cause brain inflammation and neurological symptoms, which is often confused with rabies. Neurological symptoms of canine distemper include:
- Muscle twitching
- Chewing-gum fits
- Excessive saliva
- Head tilt
- Involuntary eye movements
- Paralysis or partial paralysis
At first, you may not notice symptoms of canine distemper, and it can be mistaken for other viruses and infections. Your dog can get a mild or severe case and may have symptoms that only last 10 days. However, neurological symptoms may be delayed and show up months after infection.
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