HOMEOPATHY FOR SYMPTOMS OF CANINE DISTEMPER
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Different homeopathic remedies were discussed in the given below context which are proved to decrease the severity of the symptoms that are related to Canine Distemper.
As it is a known fact that Canine Distemper can be prevented by vaccination at a young age and any other treatment after the occurrence of the disease can be only symptomatic and not curative. Hence, here we provide those remedies being practiced by different homeopath vets at the field level and have seen a notable improvement in the treated animals. It should be remembered that homeopathic treatment, dose, improvement, and reaction differ from animal to animal and hence it should be practiced with the consultation and guidance of a veterinarian only.
Homeopathy is a distinct philosophy of medicine that has its roots in eighteenth-century Germany and subsequently spread to the world. Homeopathy has been undergoing resurgence since the middle of the twentieth century and has become popular again as a form of veterinary alternative medicine in the past twenty to thirty years as animal owners and veterinarians alike explore it as a way beyond the limits of conventional medicine. Here we will discuss canine distemper and homeopathic remedy of this disease.
Canine Distemper is an acute and highly infectious disease of carnivores. This is caused by a virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and Central nervous system, and also the conjunctival membrane of the eye. The virus weakens the immune system and makes it difficult for the infected dogs to fight off other types of infections like Parvovirus, Salmonella, etc.
This disease is found worldwide and enzootic to almost all the countries of the world. This disease of greatest concern in areas where there are many unvaccinated dogs and where the virus is also present in wildlife like raccoons. The disease has been recorded in Europe since the 18th century. In the year 1905, Carre showed that the disease is caused by virus, so the disease is also known as Carre's Disease.
ABOUT THE VIRUS
This is an RNA virus belonging to the Paramyxo group. In nature, the virus is very much fragile and can be easily destroyed by efficient heat, ether, 0.1% formalin, 0.3% chloroform, 0.5% phenol. By these, we can control the infection by killing the virus in the environment.
ANIMALS PRONE TO THIS DISEASE
All members of the Canidae family i.e. dog, wolves, fox, coyote, jackal and also ferret, mink, skunk, binturong, raccoon, panda, etc. are susceptible to the disease. Incidence occurs more in foreign breeds like Spaniel, chow-chow. Indigenous breeds are somewhat resistant to the disease. The disease is found in almost all age groups but more common in the young age of 2-6 months of age. So, young, unvaccinated dogs are more infected. Fortunately, this infection does not transmit to humans’ i.e. it’s not zoonotic.
Mainly infected dogs pass the virus through sneezes, coughs, tears, saliva, urine, and feces. But the airborne infection is most common. Through grooming tools, shared water bowls infection can spread. When the dogs remain in groups or surrounded by many other dogs like kennels, large group events then there is high chances of dog to dog contact and infection spreads rapidly. So to prevent the risk of distemper appropriate environment cleaning and disinfection and immediate removal of dogs with any signs of illness is required.
The animal will be dull and depressed and a high rise of temperature typically biphasic fever is seen. The temperature rises to 103-105 0C. The nose will be red and the eyes will be congested. The second rise in temperature is accompanied by rhinitis, conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, and bronchopneumonia.
Occulonasal discharge, pharyngitis, bronchitis are seen. This form is more prevalent.
Loss of appetite, vomitions, abdominal pain, hemorrhagic enteritis, foul-smelling feces are commonly observed.
Swollen eyelids, congestion of the conjunctival membrane, purulent discharge from eye ulceration of the cornea may also be seen.
Restlessness, chewing movement, excessive salivation, and convulsion are observed. Mental disorder, motor deterioration, and death as a clinical sign has also been described. Chorea, myoclonus, tremor, coma may also be observed.
The skin of the footpad and nose may become hard due to hyperkeratosis and the condition is known as "Hard Pad disease". Distemper exanthema on the abdomen, inner parts of the thigh is observed. Lameness may also be seen.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR THE SYMPTOMS
Different homeopathic formulations are available and effective against combating or reducing the severity of symptoms of canine distemper virus. It is to be remembered that there is no permanent cure for this disease. Only treatment that can be relied or tried could be only symptomatic either in allopathy or in homeopathy. It is to be noted here that homeopathy treatment relies on the fact that “like cures like” i.e. the remedies that produce particular symptoms in a healthy animal are to be used in a diseased animal which shows similar symptoms or the same. These formulations are to be used along with other line of treatment for better and quick improvement. Care and vigilance is required to note that they touch the tongue while administering. Drip therapy must be continued throughout the treatment until further improvement.
This has an antibacterial effect. During viral infection, it can prevent secondary bacterial infection. But very irritable when used and delusive all the time.
This can be a good remedy for irritability and effective for intracranial engorgement. When there is a tendency to sudden and violent irregularities of the circulation or violent convulsions are associated with cerebral congestion we can recommend it.
Natrum Carbonicum 2X
This is effective in case of mental weakness and slowness. This also stimulates cellular activity and increases oxidation and metabolism. When animal becomes very much sensitive to noise, cold, change in weather it may help.
Natrum Muriaticum 2X
When an animal wants to be alone to cry, lethargic, and irritable then this drug may help but may lead to anemia and leucocytosis.
Arsenicum album 6X
When an animal feels great fear with cold sweat, a hallucination of smell, and sight then this drug may help.
It can act upon every part of the nervous system. When there is delirium or rages then it can be given.
Kalium Phosphoricum 6X
When there is anxiety, nervous dread, lethargy, extreme lassitude, and depression then this drug is preferred.
Aconite Napellus 3X
When the symptoms are acute with sudden violent invasion along-with fever then this drug can be recommended.
If there is no notable increase in temperature, but the animal is recumbent with noted jaw convulsions, this drug can be preferred.
Calcarea carb 3X
For any of the disease symptoms, this can be used as an emergency aid.
As it is a well-known fact that prevention is always better than cure and spending on yearly vaccination is always better than life long expenditure on medicines, we highly recommend, vaccination against canine distemper at a proper age by a registered veterinarian. Though homeopathy is an age old formula of treating diseases, there are many areas that are yet to be explored in a full-fledged way like studies on epidemic diseases like Canine Distemper and Parvo viral infection in canines.
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