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Can dogs survive CDV?

Canine distemper virus (CDV) is a serious and contagious disease that affects dogs and other animals. It can cause respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological problems, and can be fatal in some cases. However, not all dogs who get infected with CDV will die. Some dogs may recover from the infection, especially if they are diagnosed early and receive proper treatment and care.

What is CDV and how is it spread?

CDV is a virus that belongs to the same family as measles and rinderpest. It infects the cells of the immune system, the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, and the nervous system. It can also affect the skin, eyes, and teeth of the infected animals. CDV is spread through contact with infected animals or their bodily fluids, such as saliva, urine, feces, or blood. It can also be transmitted through contaminated objects, such as toys, bowls, or bedding. To prevent your dog from getting CDV, you should avoid exposing them to sick or unvaccinated animals, and keep their environment clean and disinfected.

What are the signs and symptoms of CDV?

One of the challenges of diagnosing and treating canine distemper virus (CDV) is that it can cause a wide range of symptoms, depending on how severe the infection is and which organs are affected. Some of the common symptoms that may indicate CDV infection are fever, eye or nose discharge, coughing, sneezing, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, skin problems, and thickening or crusting on the nose or paw pads. These symptoms may affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin systems of the dog. In more advanced cases, CDV can also damage the nervous system and cause symptoms such as stumbling or uncoordinated gait, muscle twitches (especially in the face), seizures, paralysis, and behavioral changes. These symptoms may be life-threatening and require immediate veterinary attention.

How can CDV be prevented and survived?

CDV can be prevented by vaccination, which is very effective and safe. Your dog should receive a series of vaccinations as a puppy, and then regular boosters throughout their life. You should consult your vet about the best vaccination schedule for your dog, and follow their recommendations. CDV is a serious and potentially deadly disease, but it is not a death sentence for every dog. With proper prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care, some dogs can survive and recover from CDV. If your dog has CDV, you should follow your vet’s advice and provide them with the best possible care and support. You should also monitor their condition and watch for any signs of improvement or worsening. You should also be prepared for the possibility of losing your dog, and cope with the grief and loss in a healthy way. Remember that you are not alone, and that there are many resources and people who can help you and your dog through this difficult time.

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