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Canine distemper

Medical name: Canine distemper

Emergency Warnings



  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Feverish
  • Swollen or split footpads
  • Uncoordinated
  • Muscle cramping
  • Muscle spasms
  • Runny nose
  • Unable to move
  • Runny eyes
  • Shaking body


Canine distemper is a viral infection that can often be characterized by fever and vomiting. Dogs’ normal body temperatures run a bit warmer than the typical human’s. Somewhere between 99 degrees F. and 103 degrees F. is normal for a dog. If your dog is vomiting, be sure to note what’s in the vomitus in order to report to your vet — food, foreign objects — and whether liquids are clear, bile-colored, or tinged with blood. Other symptoms of canine distemper may include diarrhea, a runny nose or eyes, and muscle cramping or spasms. Your pet may also exhibit a loss of appetite, a lack of energy, or bloodshot or watery eyes. You may also notice that your pet has swollen or split footpads. If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from canine distemper, your vet can help to confirm the diagnosis in order to determine the best course of action.

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If you think your pet may be experiencing a medical emergency, call your veterinarian or an emergency animal care facility immediately.

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