What is Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)?

CDV is a very contagious virus that can cause severe disease in dogs that are not fully vaccinated. CDV does not infect humans. The virus causes a variety of symptoms including:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Discharge from Eyes/Nose
  • Fever
  • Lethargy/Depression
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures/Tremors

These same symptoms can be caused by many other illnesses, so testing is required to confirm CDV. Cost for the test varies by clinic and usually takes a few days for the result to come back.

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1. What is Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)?
2. How do I protect my dog from CDV?
3. How is CDV spread?
4. How is CDV treated?