Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper (distemper or CDV) is a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, stomach, intestines and central nervous systems.

Symptoms often include fever, sneezing, coughing, depression, lack of appetite, and nose and eye discharge, diarrhea and vomiting may also occur.

Canine distemper can be fatal and is the leading cause of infectious disease deaths in the United States. Even dogs who recover may have seizures, brain damage or nerve damage develop later in life.

Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper is Highly Contagious and Easily Transmitted

Spread through the air.
Distemper is primarily spread through the air by droplets and droplet nuclei that are released when a dog sneezes or coughs. The virus can survive on tiny dust particles or dander and survive for hours traveling throughout your facility until inhaled by another host. Once ingested, these agents begin to wreak havoc within the upper respiratory tract.

Contact with contaminated objects.
If an infected dog drinks from a watering dish or uses a kennel, and another dog comes in contact with these objects, he could easily contract distemper. Proper sanitation is critical in keeping your animals healthy. Failing to wipe down counters or thoroughly wash feeding dishes could cause animals in your care to develop this nasty ailment.

Direct contact with infected cats.
If a healthy dog comes in contact with an infected dogs saliva, urine, or blood, the chances are high they too will become infected. Boarding facilities, daycares and other businesses where numerous animals are kept in close quarters, must take extra precautions to protect their facilities from the transmission of distemper.

The Best Treatment for Canine Distemper is to Prevent it by Being Proactive

Dog suffering with Canine Distemper courtesy of Wikipedia

Treating canine distemper can be frustrating because, as a virus, antibiotics will help prevent secondary infections, but do not cure distemper. Aside from avoiding direct contact with other dogs, especially overcrowded situations, it is best to maintain dogs’ vaccinations.

Dog suffering with Canine Distemper courtesy of Wikipedia

Treating canine distemper can be frustrating because, as a virus, antibiotics will help prevent secondary infections, but do not cure distemper. Aside from avoiding direct contact with other dogs, especially overcrowded situations, it is best to maintain dogs’ vaccinations.

Here are two primary ways you can protect your business by being proactive in the prevention of Canine Distemper:

1. Sanitize the Air.
Every animal care or service facility should have an air-purification system to help eliminate the bacteria and viruses floating through the air. Distemper can be transmitted through the air since the infected pathogens can survive on dust particles and dander for quite some time.

PetAirapy systems have been designed and tested to quickly deliver high disinfection rates
of Canine Distemper and other microorganisms that spread infection throughout animal care facilities.
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PetAirapy offers a number of air disinfectant units that are easily installed into your existing HVAC system as well as wall mounted units for facilities that rely on a light breeze from having doors and windows open. These air purifying units are sized to help sanitize the air flowing through your business – killing or deactivating the DNA of harmful and infectious micro-organisms brought into your building.

2. Disinfect Everything.
Bowls, kennels, tables, litter boxes, and all equipment should be sanitized regularly using a bleach solution. Using traditional cleaners, such as bleach, can be effective yet time-consuming and there is a great chance for human error and missing particles; just one particle can infect an innocent host.

PetAirapy surface disinfectant units are used and recommended by veterinarians. Any and all surfaces illuminated by our powerful medical grade light can be sanitized from harmful culprits, including Canine Distemper, within minutes.

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