Stages of distemper. Treatment


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Usually in the first days of the disease Cane Corso has fever, pyrexial disease starts developing. If these symptoms are combined with appearance of millet red rash on naked skin areas which after 2 days turns into nodules and follicles with yellowish-green contents, then it is a good reason to believe that this Cane Corso is sick with distemper.

Several days later diseased Cane Corsos refuse to meal, signs of photophobia are observed in them, their nose is being covered with dry crusts, sometimes they even vomit. Conjunctivitis developing on the 2-3 the day after temperature rise can be considered the other external symptom of distemper. Serouos and then purulent discharge runs from the dog’s nostrils; the nostrils stick together resulting in difficulty of respiration. During this period catarrhal enteropathy develops in diseased dogs.

Evac changes, streaks of blood or caked blood, slime and undigested bits of food can be observed in loose stool of yellow or grey-yellow and then brown color with bad smell. Owing to continuous diarrhea water depletion may develop in the dog and also proctoptosia may happen.

 Time duration of the disease depends on its form. With peracute form of distemper Cane Corsos die during one day without any clinical hits visible; superacture form is characterized by 2-3 days run that ultimates in exanimation and lethal outcome. Fortunately, these two forms of distemper are quite rare; the most frequent forms of this disease are acute and rooted. In the first case distemper lasts from 2 weeks to 1 month, in the second may last for 6 months.

With rooted distemper recrudescence periods are interlaced with disease-free survivals, dog coat looks mussy; also crusts may be seen in the corners of eyes and on the nose. During such run of disease the animal may have different complications which as often as not cause the dog’s death.


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