Contagious Dog Diseases



Contagious Dog Diseases are very common some of them include the following:

Canine distemper:

it’s highly infectious disease. It affects respiratory and nervous systems as well as gastrointestinal tract. The initial clinical picture of canine distemper has many similarities with influenza.

It manifests by high grade fever (lasts 3-6 days), tearing, salivation, loss of appetite, cough and diarrhea. Later on the disease is complicated by nervous affection in the form of muscles twitches, muscle paralysis and sometimes loss of consciousness.

For proper diagnosis CSF sample should be taken by lumbar puncture. Routine vaccination is the only preventive measure to avoid canine distemper infection.

Coccidia:

it’s a protozoan disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract (more specific in small and large intestine). It is very common in young dogs and immune compromised ones.

Mode of transmission of the disease is by exposure to feces of infected dog which contain the causative organism of the coccidia.
The diseased dog shows many symptoms, they include diarrhea which may develop to be bloody or mucous diarrhea.

Dehydration may occur in cases of long standing resistant diarrhea, so proper management of coccidia show be done as fast as we can.
First stool sample should be taken and examined for diagnosis confirmation. After that medical treatment should be taken. Drug regimen include good antibiotic as well as intestinal antiseptic for 10-14 days.

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