Good day dog lovers!!! Your dog's health is our priority, last week, we spoke on the first part of the dog's illness #DHLPP
Today we speak on the 2nd which is...
In our last discussion of canine diseases that can be prevented by the DHLPP vaccine, we analysed Canine Distemper. Today however, it is Canine Hepatitis that is up for discussion.
Canine hepatitis is an acute liver infection in dogs caused by canine adenovirus type-1 (CAV-1) The virus is spread in the faeces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs. It is contracted through the mouth or nose, where it replicates in the tonsils . The virus then infects the liver and kidneys. The incubation period is about 4 to 7 days.
SYMPTOMS OF CANINE HEPATITIS
Symptoms will depend on the immunologic status of the host dog and degree of initial injury to the cells (cytotoxic):
Peracute (very severe) stage will have symptoms of fever, central nervous system signs, collapse of blood vessels, coagulation disorder (DIC); death frequently occurs within hours.
Acute (severe) stage will show symptoms of fever,
anorexia , lethargy, vomiting , diarrhea , enlarged liver, abdominal pain, abdominal fluid, inflammation of the vessels (vasculitis), pinpoint red dots, bruising of skin (petechia), DIC, swollen, enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and rarely, inflammation of the brain (nonsuppurative encephalitis)
Uncomplicated infection will have symptoms of lethargy, anorexia, transient fever, tonsillitis, vomiting, diarrhea, lymphadenopathy, enlarged liver, abdominal pain
Late stage infection will result in 20 percent of cases developing eye inflammation and corneal swelling four to six days postinfection; recovery often within 21 days, but may progress to glaucoma and corneal ulceration.
CAUSES OF CANINE HEPATITIS
Hepatitis in dogs can be caused by contact with infectious CAV-1 adenovirus, and also unvaccinated dogs are at highest risk.
PREVENTION OF CANINE HEPATITIS
✓ Get your dog vaccinated
✓ Keep very young puppies isolated from other dogs.
✓ Keep dog bathroom areas clean.
To be continued tomao.. #doglife #dogs #diseases #healthydogs #health #doghealth #dog