Plague has been known as a disease since the time people began to domesticate dogs and cats. Plague is a very contagious and dangerous disease. Interestingly, feline and canine distemper have different pathogens, therefore, a cat and a dog cannot be infected from each other. Moreover, these diseases are not transmitted to humans and are not dangerous.
The official name of canine distemper is Plague of carnivores or Kara's disease (in honor of the scientist Carré, who first proved its viral nature) - an acute or subacute contagious viral disease caused by a virus from the paramyxovirus group. Feline distemper in another way is called panleukopenia, parvovirus infection, infectious enteritis, the causative agent is parvovirus from the group of parvoviruses with a size of 20-25 nm.
In Russia, the plague of dogs appeared for the first time in the Crimea in 1762 and was named "Crimean disease". This viral disease manifests itself - severe fever, catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membranes, skin lesions, central nervous system, or a combination of these signs.
Feline distemper is characterized by fever, lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory organs, heart, general intoxication and dehydration.
Sadly, the mortality rate among puppies under the age of 3 months is from 30% to 100%. Among cats and kittens with plague, the mortality rate is 90%. Interesting. that feline distemper is not treated, and antibiotics and medications that are prescribed are aimed at treating the consequences that this terrible virus leaves behind. Canine distemper is difficult, but treatable.