Plague in dogs (vulgarity) is a viral disease, accompanied by fever, skin lesions (eczema), gastrointestinal tract damage, nervous system and pneumonia.
Dogs can get infected at any age, but pups often fall ill. Chumka in dogs is the most dangerous disease, the causative agent of which is Carré Morbillivirus. In spring the virus is activated.
Patch in dogs symptoms
It is very likely that your dog has a plague, if the following symptoms are observed:
- In the first days on the hairless areas of the skin appear red spots (rash), the body temperature rises to 39.5 - 40 ° C. The dog is depressed, hides from the light, refuses to feed. Puppies can have vomiting, diarrhea.
- The nasal mirror is dry, the skin on the nose and the pads of the paws crack, dry crusts appear. After 3-4 days after the onset of the disease, serous outflows from the eyes appear, then these outflows become purulent.
- Simultaneously with conjunctivitis rhinitis develops: purulent outflows from the nasal cavity and nostrils stick together. The dog loses weight sharply. Symptoms of nervous system damage appear on the 18th-21st day of the disease in the form of convulsive contractions of the masticatory muscles, other muscles of the head and limbs.
- There may be anxiety, which passes into epileptic seizures. Sometimes paresis occurs, and then complete paralysis of the hind limbs.
The disease can last from four weeks to 3 to 4 months. More often the outcome of the disease is unfavorable and ends with the death of the animal.
Chumka in dogs - treatment
There are no preparations for treating distemper in dogs , so it is necessary to make the necessary vaccinations . Susceptibility of dogs to the plague depends on the breed: boxers, terriers, Airedale terriers are more stable; Less resistant sheep dogs, husky, hunting dogs. Animals are infected, as a rule, by contact with patients, through various objects, including care items.
The carriers of the plague virus can be rodents, insects. The virus can also be carried by people on clothes and shoes. That's why you have to be careful if you were in a house where the dog is sick.