Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is caused by a highly contagious organism in the Morbillivirus genus, Paramyxoviridae family. It can infect a broad range of animals, including ferrets and aquatic carnivores. While cats do not show clinical symptoms of Canine Distemper virus, they can sustain the virus when experimentally infected (suggesting they could be carriers). Symptoms and prognosis depends heavily on which strain of the virus has infected the animal and the resulting secondary infections, but the mortality rate is relatively high. Early detection is crucial and Veterinary treatment is necessary.
There is no “natural remedy” for CDV, but you can help your pet overcome Canine Distemper Virus or avoid it entirely. Vaccination aside, both prevention and treatment revolve around the overall health of your pet and a fully functional immune system.
- A healthy, natural diet (avoid kibble if you’re treating a pet with Canine Distemper Virus)
- Vitamins A, C and E
- Maintain a healthy weight
Natural Supplements to Treat and Prevent Canine Distemper Virus
These supplements boast powerful anti-viral properties. They are also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which helps to prevent all infections, including secondary infections associated with Canine Distemper Virus. It is critical to purchase high quality herbs and supplements to receive full benefits. We purchase many of our own herbs and supplements from Starwest Botanicals.
Olive Leaf Extract
St. John’s Wort
Unrefined, virgin coconut oil
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay
Fresh, or high quality dehydrated foods that are noted for their anti-viral properties include:
Natural Canine Distemper Virus Treatments Frequently Recommended by Holistic, Homeopathic and Naturopathic Veterinarians
Primalix Immune Herbal Extract – Supports the immune system with Astragalus membranaceus, Dandelion, Licorice root, Reishie, Maitake and Shitake mushooms.
Vi-Pro Plus – Homeopathic Nosode Distemperinum is a natural vaccine often recommended by homeopathic veterinarians to prevent Canine Distemper Virus. Vi-Pro Plus contains Distemperinum C30 nosode with homeopathic Bryonia C6 and Echinacea purpurea.
Other Homeopathic treatments focus on stages and symptoms of Canine Distemper, including:
Homeopathic Natrum muriaticum 30C – Early, sneezing stage.
Homeopathic Pulsatilla 30C – Conjunctivitis stage.
Homeopathic Hydrastis canadensis 6C – Advanced stage Distemper.
Homeopathic Arsenicum album 30C – Advanced stage Distemper.
Homeopathic Psorinum 30C – Recovery stage.
Note of Caution: It is very important that a Veterinarian be involved with the treatment of Canine Distemper Virus. Please consult your veterinarian before making changes in your pet’s diet (including the use of herbal supplements) to avoid drug interactions or issues with existing conditions.
Do you have any experience with Canine Distemper Virus? Please share your tips in the comments below.
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Pitcairn, Richard H. Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. 2012.
Messonnier, Shawn DVM. Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements. 2001.
Balch, Phyllis. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. 2010.
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