Infectious Canine Hepatitis
General information on Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious canine hepatitis is a rare viral disease. Puppies without vaccinations or immunizations may contract this disease. Direct animal contact and contact with contaminated objects can spread infectious canine hepatitis. This disease is not related to human hepatitis and is spread only among dogs and wild dogs such as coyotes, wolves and foxes.
Once the virus is contracted it settles in the tonsils and then spreads out to the liver and kidneys by traveling through the blood stream.
Symptoms of Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Symptoms of infectious canine hepatitis are similar to the symptoms of distemper with cold like symptoms turning progressively worse with nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and jaundice. The abdomen can become distended due to the swelling of the liver. Sometimes there are changes in the dog’s thirst and urination habits. The dog can also be sensitive in the abdomen area and may move around less and lay down in odd positions.
Treatments for Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Puppies who contract infectious canine hepatitis rarely survive.
Immunizations are the best fight against this disease.
Healthy dogs immune systems can fight the virus by producing antibodies.
Some recommend fasting in the beginning stages of the ICH, followed by a small, frequent, easily digested meals.
After recovery the liver should be able to repair itself, but dogs will be more susceptible to kidney infections because of the amount of time the virus can remain in the kidneys.
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