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My puppy was diagnossed with Distemper, and now he is on a…

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Hi, my puppy was...

Hi, my puppy was diagnossed with Distemper, and now he is on a neurological stage, yesterday he was kind of normal but today he is whining/crying all day, he stops when he is like awake and up. He is in threatment for a week but I dont know what to give him to relief his pain

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?

Rocko

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rocko?

He is like 3 months old, he is with medication for the distemper

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your dog. Distemper is a tough disease in puppies. Once they start showing neurologic signs, it's almost always fatal. We only rarely are able to get a puppy back once they're in that stage of the disease.

I usually treat them with an antibiotic like Clindamycin just in case it's a bacterial encephalitis and not Distemper virus. I also use Gabapentin as needed for pain. Sometimes I'll use a steroid if there is any thought of cerebral edema.

I think Gabapentin would be helpful for Rocko for any pain.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He weights 5.5kg how many Gabapentin should I give him
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I would give 50 mg every 8-12 hours, as needed.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He is not with convultions, he is presenting this tics in his leg and head. And this medicine will not interfere with the treatment for distemper?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Those facial tremors are common with distemper dogs. I know what you're referring to.

Gabapentin will not interfere with the treatment of distemper. It's used in conjunction with any other treatments.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I had to put him down, he developed convultions and was suffering
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