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Old 05-09-2017, 04:35 PM
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Worried about my dog and canine distemper

Hi, new owner here, i owned 3 dogs as of yesterday, 2 Labradors (6 months old) that ive had since they were a month old and a new pitbull puppy i got 3 days ago, i went to go take the new puppy to get his first shot and get him dewordmed today(he pooped out about 14 worms wow) well I got educated in canine health and no not by my vet, he didn't talk much. I read a lot of stuff online and my puppy showed symptoms of worms (plus he threw up a worm and that was just bottom line for me to go get him dewormed asap) ok he's fine now, but I learned about another Illness that dogs get called Canine Distemper, well I found out my 2 Labradors were ill with it, and I'm worried about my new pups health, they were drinking from the same water and playing with him. I gave my Labradors away today in hopes of no further infection. Is it safe to assume he's ok? I mean he did get his shots today ? (New update, he's pooping more worms as i type this haha)
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Wow. Sorry to hear. Distemper is pretty rare these days. It has been over ten years since I saw a puppy with distemper. Curious as to how the diagnosis was made? Distemper starts our with respiratory symptoms such as coughing and rapidly progresses to the nervous system causing twitching and chorea (chewing gum fits in the face and head). Many pups die from the disease and if they survive, they will usually have some permanent symptoms involving the nerves (twitching). If they do have distemper and the other pup has been around them, the new pup will already have been exposed so do NOT have the vet give the shot. Even the vaccination company says to not vaccinate in the advent of an exposure. Your best bet is to separate them and if you like, research some alternative method to help the immune system (homeopathic). Let us know how it goes, as I would not be surprised if your Labs end up with another diagnosis. Good luck
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Old 05-09-2017, 04:54 PM
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I made the diagnosis myself really, a couple days ago I noticed what looked like dry mucus on my labradors nose and a rash on his lip, I though something bit him and hence he got sick. But just a few hours ago I found out through pictures what it really was and that's how I knew that he had it, my female Labrador didn't show the symptoms but she's been with the male since they were born (they are brother and sister) and so yes I had to give both away. But now that I know my puppy has been infected I feel like getting them back but I'm worried about the new dogs I am going to get, I'm thinking on 2 more pitbull puppies, and what should I do to prevent faster spread of the virus ? I want my pitbull puppy to live as long as me if I could
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You gave older puppies, with suspected distemper, away? Did you let the new owners know that you suspected the pups had distemper? That's the way infection spreads to new locations.

You need to take your puppy to the vet and get the test to see if it actually has distemper so that you know what you are dealing with. You should have also had the older pups tested to see what they actually had, at minimum let the new owners know what you suspect.

FWIW, it does not sound like distemper to me, there's no rash that I know of that's associated with distemper.
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Distemper can not be diagnosed by looking at a picture. As Dr T stated, it is quite rare and doubtful that your pups ever had it. Did they ever have respiratory or neurological symptoms? And did you ever bring up any of these concerns with your vet? If you don't feel that your curent vet is qualified to diagnose or treat you pets, then you should try to find a vet that is qualified. Dr. Google is not a trained medical professional, he can't make a diagnosis, and he can't treat your pet. Any advice that has been given by Dr Google should be taken with a grain of salt and you should follow up on your concerns with a qualified medical professional.

On a side note I'm quite curious why anyone would want to own and raise 5 puppies all at the same time? Most breeders I know don't even want to or have the time to do that once the dogs are older than 4-6 months. Raising one puppy is hard enough, I can't imagine juggling 5 of them. Is there any particular reason why you were planning on getting 5 pups at the same time?

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Ok, so you self-diagnosed that your labs had distemper, and then you gave them away?

Also, it's unlikely that your new puppy is infected, as you said that he (or she) received the first set of shots at the vet when he received a dose of dewormer. If there is a chance of an infection, I must second @animalcraker 's question - Why would you want more puppies?

Have your labs ever been seen by a vet for vaccines?

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Wow... so many things wrong with this story I don't know where to start.... 1) you had two lab puppies for 5 months... but never vaccinated them?

2) you think they had distemper for what reasons again (I really did not understand your conclusion above)? Distemper is NOT passed on by a dog bite first of all. It is a respiratory virus primarily so coughing and a runny nose would be one of the main symptoms... not sure why you think a rash on the lip would have anything to do with distemper. Did the dogs act ill? Most dogs with distemper are pretty darn ill.

3) you then just gave them away? To who? Did you tell them they were ill with a very serious, highly contagious viral disease that most likely they will die from (though seems highly unlikely that is the disease they had)?

4) you made this diagnosis yourself? this is a hard disease for a trained veterinarian to diagnose (someone did point out that it's not a very common illness anymore, though I have seen a number of cases... few were easy diagnostic cases, though). To diagnose distemper, either dogs have to have most of the symptoms OR they are diagnosed with a variety of tests (the latter being the most common situation).

5) and now your new puppy is infected? How do you know this? Do you know how serious this illness is? Do you know 80% of all distemper infected dogs will die from their disease, even if treated? You really need to see a veterinarian who can help you understand what is going on instead of jumping to all these weird conclusions.

6) and IF by chance you DO/DID have puppies with distemper, you want to get two more???? Please don't do that. It is a very contagious disease and you should get NO more puppies if you may have any distemper in your home. For some time. Again, you need professional help... see your vet and ask him/her for advice.

7) you said you just learned of another disease-distemper. Be sure your vet goes over the many other diseases that are more common and also a concern (parvo, heart worm disease, external parasites, allergies, malnutrition, dog bites, social problems, leptospirosis, reproductive diseases etc). There are lots of diseases (most avoidable) out there aside from worms and distemper

8) if you have no distemper in your home, and you have nothing else contagious, and you take perfect care of a pit bull puppy, likely it will still not live as long as you do, unless you are very old or sick. Dogs only live 12-15 years on the average, no matter how good a care you take care of them.
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