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Initial post: Jul 13, 2011 12:34:38 PM PDT
Anyone have any experience with Distemper?

I have a three year survivor at home, and would like to hear other's stories.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 2:43:22 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 12:39:31 PM PDT
Tank says:
My dog and her 11 puppies had it -- they were rescued from a high-kill shelter in CA and I think they acquired it there. Three days my dog, her puppies and 82 others arrived from CA and the vet took one look at my dog and did not think she would make it but rushed her to emergency. Only 2 of her pups survived :-( She has always had a tic which affects her head -- it looks like there is horn trying to shoot through the top of her head -- the nerve shoots up very high and sometimes it moves down to her jaw and you can hear her teeth chatter from the next room. Does anyone know if she is in pain or how it can be relieved, like if I massage the area? The vet isn't sure what causes it.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 7:49:53 AM PDT
My dog caught distemper at four months old. I had taken her to a dog park, where the vet says she probably caught it sniffing another dogs urine. She was on antibiotics four two months and had to receive a weekly electrolight shot to keep her energy up. She was very closely observed since she was such a young puppy. Even though she had been vaccinated for it, the vet had said she hadn't developed enough immunity to it. She has been going strong for two years now in October. She even had her first litter of puppies!

Tank: one of the final distemper stages is neurological damage. That is what probably caused the Tic. I'm unsure if the dog is in pain but you may want to get a second opinion

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 2:45:22 PM PDT
I picked up a sheltie at a dog pound, she was very young and very sick, the first vet said it was a virus and put fluids in her and antibiotics, next a.m. she was worse, found new vet, he said she has distemper and is so bad she only has a 10% chance of making it through the night, so just remember that..I fed her popsicles all night and gave her antibiotics through the night every 3 hours as directed..I sit in the floor with her and kept her head in my lap and kept telling her she was not going to die..I told her I loved her already and she could not die on me...she felt a little better the next day and each day thereafter. I took her to the vet after 2 weeks and everyone came running to see her..she was bouncing around, loving all the attention, and the vet looked at me and told me he had lied, that she was so far gone, he told his assistant, that she would not make it through the night, and there were a 99% chance of her not making it..he looked at me and said, lady, the only thing that saved this dog is your love...there was no damage from the distemper..but when they are the sickest, the dehydration gets to them..they cannot eat or drink..but I knew dogs liked popsicles so I fed her popsicles every hour..it kept her hydrated, and she loved them..after that she would go begging at the freezer for popsicles...that pound was closed down, because every cat and dog had distemper and they were all put down..it was terrible..I'm only glad I found the beautiful sheltie..

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2011 3:02:31 PM PDT
Girlee ended up with sort of a tic, too. She would all of the sudden kick her back leg without warning.
I have never seen your dog, but just going from my dog, I dont think she is in pain when it happens. Kind of like an epileptic seizure. I'm no expert, but I don't think they feel it. It may scare her, however, when it happens.
How long ago was the distemper? It's been three years for Girlee. I did see this tic in her start to go away over the years. I know i haven't seen it in a while. Not sure if it's gone, but it's definately lessened enough to where it rarely, if ever happens in our presence.
I agree that it was probably caused by the neurological stage of distemper.

I think there is a chance that massage could help. It certainly coudln't hurt!! And I bet it would make her feel a lot better if you massaged her after it happened, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 6:05:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2012 6:06:35 PM PDT
Donna Smith says:
I have a dog that we rescued from a shelter that was diagnosed with dstemper. It has now reached the nervous system. I am trying really hard to fight this but I don't know when it is time to give up. She is still eating but I am having to give her water with a syringe. She can not stand up and this morning she could not lift her head. By the afternoon, she was able to lift her head but still cannot walk. Has anyone ever gotten this far with the disease and still have the dog make it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 8:27:01 AM PDT
Donna, Yes!
Girlee got to where she could not walk, and barely hold her head up. We got to where we would cup the water and food in our hands and put it up to her mouth.
Being able to lift her head is a good sign. Help her walk, put your hands under her (or a towel or something as a sling) and let her walk. Even go out to the bathroom.
This is the worst of it. We mixed ground beef in with the dog food. Helps keep her strength up, and kept her eating.
Keep it up!! She can get through this!! Give her as much attention and encouragement as you can. Your touch means a lot to her right now
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