Dog Hyperkeratoisis and Distemper

by Marcie

We rescued several puppies from our local animal shelter so far. 4 out of 7 have died. All had parvo and we think 2-3 of them also had distemper.

Right now we have one that has rapid breathing, fever etc. She has been receiving theantibioticClavamox and nebulized with gentamicin (sp) 2 times a day for pneumonia. In the last couple days her nose has been thickening and her paw pads feel a bit stiffer.

Is this a sign the canine distemper has progressed? I read that if they got that they were on road to recovery.

Also does the canine hyperkeratosis ever go away? If not what is the treatment for it?

Her temperature ranges from 102 to 104. today it's 103.2

She will eat dry puppy food with kayro syrup on it. She's not had any vomiting or loose stools.

She has been out of the shelter since July 14th. But symptoms showed up 2 weeks after & there are 3 more puppies that were in with her at the shelter. One is recovering from parvo but has a lingering cough. Another just a cough with no parvo and one other that seems healthy with no coughing, but has demodex.

What are the chances they could get distemper?


Vet Suggestion Dog Footpad and Nose Thickening From Distemper

Hi Marcie,

The thickening of the footpads and nose that is sometimes seen in distemper cases isn’t necessarily a sign that the disease is progressing in the sense that your puppy’s prognosis is worse. I look at it this way, only dogs that survive the initial infection live long enough (at least a couple of weeks)to develop these symptoms.

The hardened and thick tissues do not usually cause any decrease in quality of life in the future, but they do not necessarily resolve either. I worry more about the possibility of neurologic problems developing over time.

Assuming that the shelter was thoroughly and appropriately disinfected, the pups that remain are probably not at any increased risk for distemper. In fact, if they came in contact with the virus when your pup did, they should have some immunity now, even if they haven’t been started on vaccines yet.

Good luck!

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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