Return of distemper: what dog owners need to know

Distemper is a disease that often ends in death. Dog owners in Germany often sway in deceptive safety, because despite the existing vaccine, the virus can not be completely eliminated. Particularly risky is the fact that distemper does not only affect the dog. Even foxes and raccoons can get the virus and for a

Spread. Many veterinarians and veterinary offices are worried that this is currently being observed in Germany. While the Stuttgart region and the northern Black Forest have repeatedly reported cases of congestion in recent years, the virus has meanwhile also reached the Rhine-Neckar district, the surrounding area of ​​Aachen and the district of Gießen.

Distemper, what's that?

I have distemper already written here in more detail, The disease is triggered by Canine Staupevirus. This pathogen can be compared to other dangerous types such as measles or rinderpest virus. Not only the contact with infected wild animals is a risk, because their excretions are also infectious. If the dog sniffs feces of raccoon or fox, a transmission of the virus is conceivable.

If a dog has become infected with the Staupevirus, several variants are possible. Dog owners can be lucky if their four-legged friends only have to endure a mild course of the disease, because then the virus rarely leads to death. Visible is the distemper in this case fever up to 41 degrees Celsius, cough, runny nose and wheezing breath. Diarrhea and vomiting are also signs of distemper. The infection becomes life-threatening when the virus attacks not only the respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract. If the nervous system is also affected, then animals that die in many cases die.

The fact that the nervous system was affected, Dog owners recognize the changed behavior of their four-legged friends. Epileptic seizures, Blurred vision and depressive moods are only part of the possible signs. Also an unnatural attitude of the head and the so-called "Staupetick", a tremor of the musculature, are possible. The condition of the animals usually worsens quickly. Often the veterinarian can not do anything about the death of the four-legged friend.