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Our 14 week old pup has been diagnosed with distemper. He

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Our 14 week old pup has been diagnosed with distemper. He has pneumonia two weeks ago -- was in the hospital received IV fluids, antibiotics and oxygen. Since this weekend he's been back to his usual playful self, he's eating well (actually he seems hungry all the time) no bowel issues -- so we are thrown by the diagnosis today from the vet. Are there varying levels of the virus? When can we feel out of the woods? Do we need to prep our kids for losing him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Good evening, Leah. Thanks for your question.

A very slim margin of dogs will survive distemper with treatment. If your veterinarian performed titers, chances are that this is a correct diagnosis. That being said, we often see lasting effects from distemper. So, while you may not need to prep your children for losing'd be wise to talk to them about what to look for in the future. Ranger may wind up having seizures in the future, could have neurological problems, etc. You can learn more here:

If Ranger has been lucky, he will have survived distemper without lasting effects. Again, this is a very small margin of dogs so he's quite fortunate if this has happened. For the time being, I wouldn't be concerned about losing him unless more major concerns develop or he goes back downhill as far as his health. However, I would discuss what the adverse symptoms might look like so that 1) your children are prepared and 2) they don't panic of they do see it happening.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Checking in, JACustomer, How is Ranger doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Ranger. How is everything going?