Distemper Remedies: Dog Distemper and Cats

| Modified on Apr 06, 2018
What Is Distemper?

Canine distemper is a highly contageous virus that can affect many outdoor critters like raccoons, skunks, foxes; but unfortunately can also be contracted by your lovable household dogs and even ferrets. Feline distemper (panleukopenia) is a different virus. Initial symptoms of dog distemper include fever, loss of appetite, watery discharge from the eyes and nose. As the disease progresses the discharge thickens and turns yellow with other distemper symptoms including dry cough, puffy blisters, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, incontinence, sensitivity to light, seizures, sensitivity to touch, paralysis and loss of sight. Dogs that survive distemper show a deterioration of brain function, and some of the neurological symptoms may remain.

Due to the high virulence of the disease and the susceptibility of puppies, dogs are typically given a distemper shot while young to protect them from the disease. While treatments are still being explored, it is believed that the most reliable distemper treatment option is prevention through vaccination. However, it may be the dog you adopted had an incomplete vaccination history, or perhaps you've taken in a stray and your pet is at risk or showing signs of distemper. Vitamin A, tea tree oil, and lavender oil are said to hold efficacy against distemper, but we are still actively seeking more home and natural remedies for our puppies with distemper.

Colloidal Silver

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Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil

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Posted by Regulator555 (Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa) on 06/02/2010

My dog had an incomplete vaccination history (found this out after the fact). He contracted distemper. Outlook - certain death. He was, prior to the illness, fed a raw diet (we think this helped). Anyway, he stopped eating, drinking, etc. He would drink my expressed breast milk. It kept him alive. Also, we massaged him down twice a day with 10 drops tea tree and 10 drops lavender mixed in a 1/2 cup of a carrier oil. We also boiled water and put 5 drops of tt and lav. in it and had him inhale the steam once to twice a day. We thought he was a goner, but we kept at it. It's been almost a year since that and he is alive and strong!

Replied by Cuqui1551
(Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico)

My 4 month old puppy seems like she's got distemper symptoms. She's on antibiotics and a fever medicine right now. I'm going to feed her raw foods high in Vitamin A (carrots, egg yolks, liver and milk) along with her puppy food and chicken broth. Is canola oil ok for a carrier oil? Any other suggestions??

Replied by Sebia


For the dog owner who wants to use canola oil as a carrier oil to treat distemper: please don't use any oil that has been processed at high temperatures (canola, soybean , sunflower) as the metabolites coming out of this process are highly toxic for people and animals. Also, canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil." - See more at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ConsumerAlert/Canola.aspx#sthash.hVolCBgk.dpuf.

You can use instead coconut oil gently warmed.

Replied by Estrellita
(Metro Manila)

What kind of carrier oil.did you use for the lavander and tea tree oil massage for the dog?